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SOMETHING TO BE LEARNED FROM SOCCER ON COBBLESTONES

“C’est pas grave, c’est pas grave!” (It doesn’t matter, it’s no big deal!) It was the normal gathering of neighbors for a soccer game played on the streets of France. The kids were having a blast. They would fall down and get right back up. Soccer to them is soccer. Give them a round (or somewhat round) ball with some ... Read More »

SUCCESS IS A QUESTION OF PROVIDING THE RIGHT ATMOSPHERE

Not too many things surprise me anymore with youth sports, but I have to admit that two questions came to mind this past week: 1. Why a high school with “St. Mary’s” in its name would call themselves the Blue Devils? 2. How can the national high school baseball’s longest winning streak be held by a small high school in ... Read More »

BROTHERS’ VARYING IN TALENTS TURN INTO A FAMILY VICTORY

Mr. Kuyper, I have enjoyed your articles about kids in sports. Sometimes the coaches and parents need to think outside the box. Quick story: In 1970 I was an 18-year-old airman living on the air force base. I read an article in the base paper that coaches were needed for the Little League season. Living in the barracks and working ... Read More »

IF WORKING ON A FARM WERE A TRAVELING YOUTH SPORT

Well, a big “hello” to all my friends and family in those mid-west states of Iowa and South Dakota. I was excited to find out that Uncle Ray and Aunt Noreen were reading my “Kids and Sports” articles. And yes, I was born in Iowa where the tall corn grows. Mom and Dad packed the suitcases and loaded up the ... Read More »

AN UPDATE ON NICK’S AMAZING SUCCESS STORY

Ok, it’s time for a Nick Standerfer update. Many of you keep asking me how Nick is doing, and it is with much joy and excitement that I give you this today. To catch those of you up who may not know the Nick Standerfer story here is a quick account. Nick was born 20 years ago with Down Syndrome. ... 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 »

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