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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 »

PARENT/COACH NOT ALWAYS BEST FOR PARENT OR CHILD

Dear Tom, I have been a fan of your articles about kid’s sports for many years now.  I am always pleased to read your “common sense” answers to reader’s questions.  Please help with this one. How do you feel about a parent coaching his or her own child at high school level sports? We love our school; but this type ... Read More »

KIDS MAY BENEFIT FOR GETTING THERE THE HARD WAY

“I want my son to play in club sports and have all the benefits of better coaching and competition, but I just can’t afford it.” I think that this is a common and legitimate concern for many parents. There might be some truth to the fact that those kids who have parents that can afford all the club fees and ... 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 »

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