You’re Doing It Right, Even When You Think You Aren’t

Jul 14, 2017 10:04:49 AM
You’re Doing It Right, Even When You Think You Aren’t
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Being a sports parent is tough, especially when it comes to parenting youth athletes. It’s a constant balancing act between pushing your children to greatness while letting them have fun at the same time. You want them to become leaders for their teammates while keeping the weight of the season off of their shoulders so they can enjoy their time as youth athletes. When my kids were going through sports as youth athletes, I constantly felt like I was doing it all wrong. One minute I felt like I was propping them up for success and another I felt like I was setting them up for failure. It took me a long time to realize that no sports parent is perfect and all sports parents just want their kids to be successful, grow and have fun. That is all I truly wanted for my young athletes.

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The Arizona Outliers

Jun 27, 2017 10:26:35 AM
The Arizona Outliers
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The Arizona Outliers are a team of 6th and 7th grade girls who have been together for two years. They’ve had plenty of success on the court, including a recent win in the Storm the City tournament in California. But the Outliers are, in the words of coach Justin Maass, about “the whole package, on a nd off the floor.” That was never more apparent than when the brother of a coach and two of the players’ mothers battled cancer and the team banded together. “I know it’s a cliché, but the team is like a family,” says Maass. “We do everything together. The girls feel like they’re not alone because someone always gets their back.”

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College Recruiting Series #5:  Choosing a College is a 40-Year Decision

Jun 22, 2017 2:04:28 PM
College Recruiting Series #5:  Choosing a College is a 40-Year Decision
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Choosing a college isn’t a four-year decision; it’s a 40-year decision. From campus to classes, academics to culture, there’s a lot to consider. And, often, students don’t even know what they want in a college experience. To help yourstudent-athlete better understand their best college match, you can start by asking them the right questions. In this article, we provide 20 questions to gauge academic and cultural fit.

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College Recruiting Series #4: Do You Have What it Takes to Be a Division 1 Athlete?

Jun 22, 2017 10:54:43 AM
College Recruiting Series #4: Do You Have What it Takes to Be a Division 1 Athlete?
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Anyone who loves sports has probably fantasized about becoming a Division I athlete. Practicing in some of the best facilities in the country, playing in front of hyped up crowds – this is what athletes live for! However, at some point reality sets in. The competition to play at a Division I school is fierce. Only about 1% of athletes make it to this level.

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A Father's Inspiration: "Do it Anyway"

Jun 15, 2017 11:51:47 AM
A Father's Inspiration: "Do it Anyway"
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Growing up, my dad was a sports enthusiast who was always actively involved in whatever sport or extracurricular activities my siblings and I were involved in.  I have fond memories of watching my dad coach my brother’s peewee football and baseball teams.  Even when he was not involved with coaching the team, he was always there to watch us play. Looking back, I remember what a great feeling it was to see him in the crowd proudly watching and cheering us on.

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The 20 Minute Challenge

May 19, 2017 4:16:39 PM
The 20 Minute Challenge
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November 2012

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Tips for Your Young Athlete: How to Replace Nerves with Confidence

May 19, 2017 10:18:37 AM
Tips for Your Young Athlete: How to Replace Nerves with Confidence
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As an athlete, no matter what age or level of intensity, we deal with nerves, anxiety and pressure when it comes to the big game. Believe it or not, feeling nervous before a big game is normal! We put so much hard work and dedication into our sports, all we want is for the hard work to pay off on game day.

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College Recruiting Series #3: 6 Tips to Create a Winning Highlight Video

May 16, 2017 10:18:26 AM
College Recruiting Series #3: 6 Tips to Create a Winning Highlight Video
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Recruiting has joined the digital age! This is great news for athletes and coaches. However, it does mean beefing up your online presence. One of your most important digital tools? Your highlight video. The majority of coaches don’t have the time or money to travel around the country watching recruits play their sport. So, they turn to highlight videos to make their initial evaluations of athletes.

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College Recruiting Series #2: Understanding the Importance of Technology in Recruiting

Mar 21, 2017 1:40:05 PM
College Recruiting Series #2: Understanding the Importance of Technology in Recruiting
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You have to make it easy for college coaches to recruit you.

In 2017, technology impacts the entire recruiting journey, and having an online profile to showcase the athletic, academic and character strengths of your student-athlete is crucial.

When I worked with families to help connect their athletes to college coaches and scholarships, we would send out paper resumes and follow up with VHS tapes. That seems like the Jurassic era compared to the technology savvy systems now in place.

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Is My Child Too Young For Recruiting?

Feb 16, 2017 1:36:29 PM
Is My Child Too Young For Recruiting?
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How early is too early to start the recruiting process?

This is a question asked by student-athletes and parents across the country as things begin to take shape within their certain sport or passion and questions surrounding a future in athletics and academics begin swirling.

The specific answer, as is the case for so many questions, is that unfortunately there is no one specific answer.

What will be right for your family’s recruiting can vary based on the student-athlete, their sport, and their skill level. For example, in early 2015 we covered the news that two sixth-grader football profiles were included in Rivals.com’s football recruiting database — news that caused many pundits and commentators to remark that college recruiting is getting out of control.

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