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What Counts as Play? 5 Criteria of the Most Vital Activity for Kids

Kids don't play nearly as much as they used to. This might sound odd to some, as many are confused by what actually constitutes "play." Kids are st...

Why Coaching From the Sidelines Will Always Backfire for Sports Parents

As a long-time club soccer coach, I've noticed a troubling trend emerging in the sport. As scores of parents position themselves on the touchline o...

Why the 'Big Kid' Often Gets Bad Coaching in Youth Sports

The big kid. Watch any youth sporting event, and you can pick them out. They're the ones who look like they're in the wrong age group. Their physic...

Young Athletes Are Bigger, Stronger and Faster Than Ever Before. But Are They Actually Better?

Believe your kid is a great athlete? See if they can do these three things: Catch and throw a ball with both hands Do a somersault Run b...

How to Escape the Travel Team Trap

From the absurdity of ranking tee-ballers to barnstorming teams comprised of 8-year-olds, our youth sports system is broken. Where the goal once wa...