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AGE, EXPERIENCE IMPORTANT I COACHING YOUTHS

Dear Tom,   I really enjoy reading your articles.  I have a sincere concern and thought I’d ask your opinion on the issue.  My community’s youth travel basketball program for grades 4th through 6th has recently decided to remove parents as coaches, and replace them with varsity basketball players.  I’ve been around youth travel sports a long time and have ... Read More »

PARENT/COACH NOT ALWAYS BEST FOR PARENT OR CHILD

Dear Tom, I have been a fan of your articles about kid’s sports for many years now.  I am always pleased to read your “common sense” answers to reader’s questions.  Please help with this one. How do you feel about a parent coaching his or her own child at high school level sports? We love our school; but this type ... Read More »

PAPERWORK IS HASSLE BUT THWARTS CHEATERS

Don’t you get tired of the compromised coaches who cause the rest of us extra work? The ones who compromise or bend the rules to give their team an advantage?  It’s true, youth sports leagues have had put in safeguards to protect the integrity and safety of the game. The sad thing is that there are a small percentage of ... Read More »

10 REASONS IT’S GOOD FOR YOUTH TO PLAY MULTIPLE SPORTS

  “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 ... 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 »

FORGET OFFENSIVE PATTERNS, JUST TEACH THE KIDS FUNDAMENTALS

Tuesday night, 6:00 4th grade basketball practice: “Ok listen, you are not getting the offense and we have a game this Saturday morning, so we need to work on it until everyone gets it and we run it right!” Thursday night practice: “Ok listen, the offense is getting a little better, and I think you’re starting to get it, but ... Read More »

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