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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 »

BERATING YOUNG ATHLETES SHOULD NEVER BE ACCEPTABLE

First of all, love your blog and articles.  Need to ask a question:   When is it acceptable to yell at 9-year-old athletes?  The reason I ask is my son plays on a competitive level team and a club team locally.  The coach is very demanding.  He yells and stomps around the sideline during practice, warm-ups, and games and during ... Read More »

KEEP KIDS IN MULTIPLE SPORTS TO CREATE WILL-ROUNDED ATHLETE

Dear Tom   I have a 10-year-old grandson who is a pretty fair athlete and he plays most of the sports pretty well. I think this is a good idea. The problem is that when he competes against players that play their sport almost exclusively, he is at a disadvantage because many of the other players spend all their time ... Read More »

SOME SIGNS POINT TO KIDS WHO ARE UNDER PRESSURE

My recent article “2 moms at football: Same planet, different worlds” brought more responses than I can comment on, so let me address the main question that seemed to be repeated over and over again… when are parents putting too much pressure on their kids, or how can I tell when I am putting on too much pressure? Let me ... Read More »

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