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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 »

CAREFREE JAMAICAN YOUTH PUT A SMILE ON THE FACE

  “Yah mon, no worries, be happy” The beautiful island of Jamaica is a wonderful place to spend a week just relaxing, eating some jerk chicken, lounging at the beach reading a book, and riding a zip line through the rain forest. Marcia and I fully enjoyed our time together there. Then one morning in the middle of my hourly ... Read More »

THE GOLDEN AGE

Hi Tom -   Your article reminded me of growing up in our small town, White Bear Lake, MN in the 40s.  We played all of the games unsupervised (including street and backyard rink hockey), but in the summer, baseball was IT, or softball – when the girls joined in.  We had several vacant lots; a regular baseball diamond and ... Read More »

SPORTS WITHOUT FANCY EQUIPMENT CAN BE DONE

Dear Tom Kuyper; I enjoyed reading your column that talked of imagination and desire being more important than money for kids’ success.  You nailed it.  I am retired, college professor, grandpa to two kids, and a former poor boy from the wrong side of the tracks.  My home was where the paved roaded ended, and the other road was dirt.  ... 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 »

FUN IS STILL ATOP LIST OF REASONS WHY KIDS LIKE SPORTS

Why do you think our kids want to play sports? What is it that inspires them to sign up and play on a team? Well after the 30-some years of owning/coaching/operating youth sports programs, I think I can give you the top 10 reasons that I have observed. I have also prioritized them starting at the top motivating factor, all ... Read More »

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