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YOU MADE THE CALL ON PROPER MECHANICS

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YOU MADE THE CALL AND THE RESULTS ARE IN… I presented you with this thought: if athletes like Tim Tebow (football), Craig Counsell (baseball), as well as others can make it to the professional level using unorthodox mechanics, should we just let our kids experiment and find what works best for them, or is it our responsibility to teach them ... Read More »

KIDS NOT CATCHING ON TO MECHANICS? DON’T SWEAT IT

A common frustration with youth coaches is that the kids don’t do what they practice. Coaches spend so much time working on an offense for basketball, or teach the proper mechanics of doing a certain movement and then when it is game time, the kids just go back to the default mode of doing what they feel more comfortable with ... 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 »

SEX SCANDAL SHOULDN’T SCARE HONORABLE COACHES AWAY

Dear Coach Kuyper I frequently read your commentary and typically consider it to be wise and well reasoned. This morning, however, I was very disturbed by your advice. Specifically checklist points 1 (Never leave your children alone with their coach), and 2(don’t let your coach drive your child in his car). Like you, I graduated college in 1983 as an ... 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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