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THESE YOUNGSTERS PERSONIFY CHARACTER AND VALUES

  Thanksgiving… the season to be thankful! I want to join the festivities by celebrating some kids and what they represent. Youth sports can be confusing in its design and purpose sometimes, but there are some essentials that some kids, parents, and coaches value and appreciate and do not take for granted. So, here is my small list (many more ... Read More »

WHEN A SPECIL-NEEDS ATHLETE COLLIDES WITH MAINSTREAM RULES

It’s time for everyone’s favorite: YOU MAKE THE CALL!  You know the game; you read the scenario and write me back with your opinion. I will in turn tally up the results and let you know how everyone voted. Here is today’s’ question: Should a high school student with a learning disability be held to the same academic standards as ... Read More »

BERATING YOUNG ATHLETES SHOULD NEVER BE ACCEPTABLE

First of all, love your blog and articles.  Need to ask a question:   When is it acceptable to yell at 9-year-old athletes?  The reason I ask is my son plays on a competitive level team and a club team locally.  The coach is very demanding.  He yells and stomps around the sideline during practice, warm-ups, and games and during ... Read More »

KEEP KIDS IN MULTIPLE SPORTS TO CREATE WILL-ROUNDED ATHLETE

Dear Tom   I have a 10-year-old grandson who is a pretty fair athlete and he plays most of the sports pretty well. I think this is a good idea. The problem is that when he competes against players that play their sport almost exclusively, he is at a disadvantage because many of the other players spend all their time ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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