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DIAPERS DOUGHNUTS AND RACING THE CLOCK ON OPENING DAY

Dad: “Aaron, grab the diaper bag, Steven, you get Sophia’s bottle and formula!” Aaron: “Dad, when is mom coming home from Grandma’s? This is craziness.” Dad: “She’ll be home tonight, Grandma’s feeling much better, but now we just have to get in the car… let’s go! Everybody buckled up?” Aaron: “Yeah, but Sophia’s car seat isn’t in here.” Dad: “In ... Read More »

SHOULD TOP TALENT MOVE FROM FRESHMAN TO VARSITY?

MISSED TRYOUT…MISSED OPPORTUNITY? QUESTION: I have a question for you that I would love your opinion on, as this situation has just become a reality in our home this past week. We have a 12-year-old son that loves to play soccer. He has played on several club soccer teams in the past 3- 4 years and has done well with ... Read More »

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS IN YOUTH SPORTS

The New Year is here, and here is my list of the top things that our kids would love for us to resolve:  No more stats. Come on, just let them play and do their thing without having to worry about their numbers. If they go 0 for 4 at the plate or miss all their free throws, and ... Read More »

GIVE KIDS A GIFT THEY REALLY WANT— YOUR PRESENCE

WRAP THESE GIFTS UP FOR SOME HOIDAY CHEER   The season of Joy! The season of giving! So, what can we wrap up and give to our kids? How about giving JOY? How about wrapping up these top 10 gifts and let your kids unwrap them all year long: 1.       Time… Your children need your presence more than your presents.  ... Read More »

ENFORCE RULES FROM THE GET-GO; THAT’S HOW KIDS LEARN

  QUESTION… My son came to me with this question and I told him I would ask you for your opinion: “Why is it that when we practice we are taught not to double dribble or travel, but when we play against the other teams, the referees let them stop and dribble again, dribble with 2 hands, and even pick ... Read More »

TRYOUTS WORK WELL TO PUT PARTICIPANTS AT RIGHT LEVEL

QUESTION…Whatever happened to the counting off method for choosing teams? When I was a kid, we would always just count off: “1, 2, 1, 2, etc”. It worked fine for years. Now it seems like every team has to have “try-outs” to make the teams. Things have gotten too complicated and I think there is too much pressure on the ... Read More »

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