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HOOPS REFS MISSED CALL, SO YOU MAKE IT

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HOOPS REFS MISSED CALL, SO YOU MAKE IT It’s time for another installment of “you make the call”. Recently I went to a high school basketball game, and I feel compelled to tell the story of what I witnessed and to get your feedback: It was early in the game when suddenly everyone in the stands started yelling, “Hey, ref, ... Read More »

WHAT YOUTH COACHING IS ALL ABOUT

Hello Coach Kuyper, I coached a Little League Farm Team many years ago. The plea for a coach went around the room three times before I volunteered. I had coached Miss Softball but had never coached Little League before. I felt I didn’t know enough to tell the players how to stand at bat or other basics, which other coaches ... Read More »

YOU BE THE JUDGE: CORRECT MECHANICS OR LET KIDS BE

YOU MAKE THE CALL! Here is a question that continues to create heated arguments around coaching corners. I’m presenting it to you for your feedback. Here is this week’s tough to answer question: Do you always teach the correct mechanics to kids, as they are young and learning the sport? Can you let them develop their own style that could ... Read More »

MAJORITY SEES COED SPORTS FOR YOUTH AS BAD IDEA

YOU MADE THE CALL…. the topic was if girls should play with boys in team sports. I shared my opinion that in the many years of coaching my 4 kids( 2 sons, and 2 daughters) as well as owning, running and coaching a youth sports organization, in most cases it doesn’t work. The game becomes different. Attitudes change, and effort ... Read More »

THINK TWICE BEFORE PLACING GIRLS ON CO-ED TEAMS

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YOU MAKE THE CALL… Should girls play sports with boys? Read this first and then give me your thoughts…. Dear Coach Kuyper, I would like to get your counsel on the subject of girls playing with boys on team sports. We have a seven-year-old daughter and are finding out that it is difficult to find all girl teams for her ... Read More »

SHOW OBNOXIOUS COACH THE BACK END F EXIT DOOR

Tom, I read your column and want to say that I have never disagreed with your viewpoint on any issue. I wish that every coach was required to read your column. Regarding this week’s column about an idiot coach at a soccer game, it reminded me of several soccer games that I attended. At a tournament, my son’s team played ... Read More »

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