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MICHIGAN TOWN RALLIES AFTER ATHLET’S DEATH

Kids and Sports? Tragedy Reminds us of priorities Who says that sports don’t build character? Who says that youth sports doesn’t have a powerful impact into lives of those involved? Just ask those 1,400 people who live in that tiny town of Fennville, Michigan. The death of Fennville High Schools very own Wes Leonard has made a huge impact in ... Read More »

RESPONSES FROM READERS AND ANOTHER THOUGHT

A few responses from the recent article on how kids with an uncoachable spirit really do miss out on skill development, friendships, and coaches attention: Hello Tom, Another great article. To me the real question is the age. We need to remember this is a 10 year old. That is really young still. Does winning at that age matter? Most ... Read More »

extra time well spent

Every Friday I would go to a local school and coach an intramural style sports program. Every Friday I watched Quentin take a “back seat” to the action. I watched him goof around and act silly, not ever getting serious about playing and helping his team. There were those moments when he would have to have a “time out” because ... Read More »

BRIBERY, HOW DO WE MOTIVATE OUR KIDS IN SPORTS?

“I’ll give you ten dollars if you score 12 points in the next game!” These were well-intended words from a father to his 5th grade son before his game in hopes of motivating him. Well, the son did get the 12 points and got his ten-dollar bill, but his team lost. Not only did they lose, but the chemistry and ... Read More »

WOULD YOU RATHER…

I have a question for you this week. If it sounds like my answers may be a little biased and if it seems like I am leaning to one direction, it is probably because that is exactly the case. Here it is: Would you rather have a 10 year old on your youth baseball team who is one of the ... Read More »

“CAN” THE OFFENSE AND DEVELOP SKILLS INSTEAD

You mean to tell me that you can’t get your 5th and 6th grade basketball team to run the offense? What’s a matter with you? You should turn in your whistle! Or maybe you could join the hundreds of youth coaches in the “I can’t get them to run the offense” club! It’s a free membership with lots of support. ... Read More »

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