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ERRANT PASS ON BASKETBALL COURT SAVES CHEERLEADER’S LIFE

QUESTION: In a junior high basketball game, when is a “bad” passing a “good” pass? ANSWER: When it saves someone’s life! There are a lot of people to thank in this story as a young girl; a 7th grade cheerleader at Royal Palm Junior High in Phoenix, Arizona learns the real benefit of youth sports. This is a story that ... Read More »

GET COACHES TO LISTEN FOR RIGHT REASONS

Tom – about 1.5 years ago you wrote a column concerning the situation of a girl who was the only cut from her HS volleyball team because the coach wanted only 12 girls (probably to make practices and scrimmages easier), and he rated/chose her as 13th freshman year. The girl wasn’t allowed to stay/practice with the team, worked hard, and ... Read More »

LOPSIDED SORES CALL TEAM’S APPROACH INTO QUESTION

It’s time again for a “YOU MAKE THE CALL”………. Here are the facts: Yates High School in Texas is a scoring machine. They put hundreds of points on the board with a pressing, full court, fight to the end style of play. There is nothing wrong with that, right? The problem comes when they score 170 and their opponent scores ... Read More »

DEFINE EXPECTATIONS FORM THE START

Dear Tom, Your column on Wednesday, DEC. 23, 2009,”Things you didn’t sign up for to be youth-sport coach” left some things out. A coach being in front of a disciplinary LL board for talking to an ex-wife, and/or not playing a child at a position that the parents want them to, and/or having the parents pull their children in the ... Read More »

IDEAS FOR NEW YEAR FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF YOUTH

Hi coach! I know you’re not a big fan of New Years “restitutions”, but I do think that some changes are in order. So, last night we had a sleep-over at Billy’s house and we made up a list for you. Billie’s mom makes the best hot chocolate. She doesn’t use those little marshmallows, but takes a big one and ... Read More »

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