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2 MOM’S AT FOOTBALL: SAME PLANET, DIFFERENT WORLDS

I went to a flag football game just a few weeks ago for 8 and 9 year olds and sat behind 2 mothers. Their conversation was more entertaining than the game itself, which says a lot because I think that game was filled with more comedy than ESPN’s top 10 bloopers of the week. Here is how the conversation went: ... 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 »

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 »

10 REASONS IT’S GOOD FOR YOUTH TO PLAY MULTIPLE SPORTS

  “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 ... 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 »

PENALTIES FOR YOUTH COACHES AND PARENTS?

“Lack of institutional control”. That’s it!  That is the answer to all the problems with youth sports. Let’s give penalties to youth sports teams and organizations for breaking the rules. “Lack of institutional control”. This is the heading that the NCAA slaps on many university violations when they can’t clearly name the infraction but know that something is definitely wrong. ... Read More »

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