Below you will find a few of our favorite blog posts that are related to youth sports, youth sports coaching and sports parenting from the past few weeks. Please feel free to visit each and we hope you find them as helpful as we do!
How many times have you seen it? A player loses the puck or his man. The other team scores and the player at fault skates towards the bench with his head down. He then in frustration slams his stick off the boards making a load, echoing noise that catches the attention of everyone in the rink. What do you think people watching this player think? Sometimes they think that he needs to grow up or is a hot head. At the same time, those same people would probably say that the player cares greatly about the game, and that they will take that passion over the player that does not show his emotion
What do you think about the ACE cheer in girls volleyball?
If you have ever watched girls volleyball you know that, the players on the court form a circle and on girls on the bench stand up in a line and they all do a coordinated cheer after each service ACE. My daughter’s team stomps their feet right, left, right three times while they spell out A-C-E. Then they lift their right leg, clap their hands under their leg and then immediately raise their hands upward while pointing their index finger.
Okawville and Carrollton high schools met in the Lebanon 1A Sectional of the Illinois State girls basketball playoffs on Valentine’s Day. By all accounts, Cupid was not in attendance at this game. Instead, there was a heartbreaking display of unnecessary physical play and poor sportsmanship.
Sorry about the heavy words on a Sunday, but…actually we are not sorry about discussing this topic since it needs constant refreshing. Working through these things is like having new swimmers join your team…you need to spend some time acclimating them to “the way things work around here.” Running a swim team efficiently and effectively…meaning each swimmer’s needs are met concurrent with their level of effort, takes enormous energy on the part of the other swimmers, all parents and the entire coaching staff. Indeed, no team functions well without full cooperation of all three “branches” – swimmers, parents and coaches
Along with transferring your passion for a sport onto your child, another mistake is to begin planning for your young star’s inevitable college scholarship and trip to the professional ranks based on youth sports success.
When my daughter was born 13 years ago I was on the receiving end of some good-natured ribbing from family members and friends. They knew how passionate I was about sports and how much time I had spent in a male dominated environment. They wondered out loud how I was going to incorporate that mindset with a daughter the apple of her dad’s eye. Over those 13 years, I have gained much experience in the variances she has as an athlete compared to her male counterparts.