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YOUR CALL: SHOULD PLAYING TIME REFLECT MISSED PRACTICES?

YOU MAKE THE CALL!!! So many of you have participated in the “YOU MAKE THE CALL”, and have responded with some great ideas. Here’s one more I would like to have your input on: Email me with your advice. Here is the question that was sent to me: I read your column regularly and respect your insight and opinions. I ... Read More »

PARENTS, DON’T PUSH KIDS ONTO TEAM TOO ADVANCED

Coach: “Hi, I just wanted to call to let you know that we were so happy to see that your son Stephen came to soccer try-outs. We really liked the way that he played so hard and gave everything he had. He was fun to watch. Because his skill level and game knowledge are a little behind the kids who ... Read More »

CROSS COUNTRY IN 111DEGREE HEAT?

Hi Tom, First of all, my granddaughter had the good fortune to attend a couple of your basketball camps in the past and it was great. I thought she was starting to develop “team spirit” as opposed to what she had experienced in the past, “only the best kids get to play”. Anyway that’s not why I’m writing this. I ... Read More »

LEAGUES NEED TO SET STANDARDS FOR ALL-STAR COACHES

Having children that play sports, as well as a husband who coaches, I enjoy your articles. Now that we are headed into the National Little League All-Star Baseball season I just wanted to throw a question/investigative reporting subject out to you. How are the managers of these All-Star teams chosen? Is there a league standard? And specifically, is it okay ... Read More »

THE BENEFIT OF STAYING THE COURSE AND AFFIRMATION

HI Tom, FYI- Jake’s little league team went 3-9 during the season but the kids kept working and we kept working with them. The result is now they’re a much better team and they’ve won 2 straight playoff games, beating 2 of the top 3 teams in the league. Last game they scored 4 runs on 5 hits for a ... Read More »

PRESSURE FROM PARENTS IS A PROBLEM

“Run faster! Jump higher! Score! GO GO GO! Get your arms up! Defense! Kick more goals! Be tough! Be more aggressive! Do more, be more etc…” Have you ever sat next to this parent at a youth sports game? How long could you take it until you got up and moved? Have you ever wondered what this kid’s room looks ... Read More »

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