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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 »

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 »

SPORTS WITHOUT FANCY EQUIPMENT CAN BE DONE

Dear Tom Kuyper; I enjoyed reading your column that talked of imagination and desire being more important than money for kids’ success.  You nailed it.  I am retired, college professor, grandpa to two kids, and a former poor boy from the wrong side of the tracks.  My home was where the paved roaded ended, and the other road was dirt.  ... Read More »

KIDS MAY BENEFIT FOR GETTING THERE THE HARD WAY

“I want my son to play in club sports and have all the benefits of better coaching and competition, but I just can’t afford it.” I think that this is a common and legitimate concern for many parents. There might be some truth to the fact that those kids who have parents that can afford all the club fees and ... Read More »

PENALTIES FOR YOUTH COACHES AND PARENTS?

“Lack of institutional control”. That’s it!  That is the answer to all the problems with youth sports. Let’s give penalties to youth sports teams and organizations for breaking the rules. “Lack of institutional control”. This is the heading that the NCAA slaps on many university violations when they can’t clearly name the infraction but know that something is definitely wrong. ... Read More »

OVERCOME TEMPTATION TO GIVE UP WITH A COACHABLE SPIRIT

Why give up when you can still play? Why stop playing basketball just because you’re a little shorter than the other boys my age? Ben Grimm is the perfect example of that guy who didn’t give up. He could have, but decided that he would work harder than the others to make it. Okay, he probably doesn’t have an NBA ... Read More »

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