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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 »

BETTER TO STICK TO TRUE LEVEL OF TALENT

Sometimes it just doesn’t help! Sometimes forcing your kids to play at a higher level than where they really are just isn’t helpful. So, to those pushy, overzealous parents, take heed to these words: Sometimes it just doesn’t help! I have watched it happen too many times and it happened again a few weeks ago at basketball camp; a dad ... Read More »

STEP OUTSIDE THE BOX TO MAKE YOUTH SPORTS FUN

Dear Mr. Kuyper, Reading the letter from Jennifer Newman(Everyone was winner in 13-inning game) brought back fond memories of the many years I spent in South Scottsdale Little League both as the mother of a player and as the wife of a manager. One game I will never forget was the final game of the league tournament between the Cardinals ... Read More »

STARTING KIDS TOO EARLY IN SPORTS

It was 1968 and the place was San Martin Park off of Woodruff Ave. and Candlewood St. bordering of the cities of Bellflower and Lakewood, California. I anxiously stood in line with my dad as I he signed me up for my first team. We didn’t need to bring a birth certificate or any kind of proof of where you ... Read More »

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