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PLAYING SPORTS IN RIGHT AGE GROUP HAS ADVANTAGES

Another great column Tom. I just wish you wrote more often. I agree completely with your thoughts on having kids play up. As a volleyball player I had chances to play on teams where I was the seventh or eighth guy. I got to practice with the best players around and got to compete against great players (when I could ... Read More »

STEP OUTSIDE THE BOX TO MAKE YOUTH SPORTS FUN

Dear Mr. Kuyper, Reading the letter from Jennifer Newman(Everyone was winner in 13-inning game) brought back fond memories of the many years I spent in South Scottsdale Little League both as the mother of a player and as the wife of a manager. One game I will never forget was the final game of the league tournament between the Cardinals ... Read More »

EVERYONE WAS WINNER IN 13-INNING GAME

Dear Mr. Kuyper, I am a big fan of your kids and sports articles. I have two boys, 8 and 10, who are very active in sports. My husband also manages and assists their teams. I appreciate your input and advice about all aspects of sports. The other night I witnessed a little league game that brought everything you write ... Read More »

STICKING WITH LOSING COACH CAN BE LESSON FOR KIDS

Just get a new coach, that is the answer! There have been a lot of college football coaches in the past few weeks that have been sent out for a long pass and asked not to come back to the huddle. I know that college athletics is a whole different ball game than youth sports. I know that money drives ... Read More »

STARTING KIDS TOO EARLY IN SPORTS

It was 1968 and the place was San Martin Park off of Woodruff Ave. and Candlewood St. bordering of the cities of Bellflower and Lakewood, California. I anxiously stood in line with my dad as I he signed me up for my first team. We didn’t need to bring a birth certificate or any kind of proof of where you ... Read More »

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