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A Parent Wants Their Kid to Perform Training That's Too Advanced. What Should The Coach Do?

Thanks to the rise of social media, we have greater access to the training routines of professional athletes than ever before. Although there are n...

A Shocking Number of Youth Sports Coaches Are Unqualified for the Gig

A great youth sports experience starts with a great coach. The problem is, the number of great coaches in youth sports seems to be decreasing. Many go...

The Message You Send to Your Kid When You Complain About Their Coach

From a coach's perspective, one of the more frustrating situations in youth and high school sports is when parents undermine coaches by openly complai...

Like a Lifeguard on the Beach: How Parents Should Watch Their Kids Play

Play isn't just fun and games. It's a critical part of the human experience that builds certain physical, mental and relational skills we'll draw from...

ESPN's Scott Van Pelt Says America Has a 'Giant Problem' With How We're Raising Our Kids

Michigan State head basketball coach Tom Izzo made waves recently when cameras captured him intensely coaching up freshman forward Aaron Henry during ...

How America Killed Play—and What We Can Do to Bring it Back

In our last piece from our interview with play expert Dr. Peter Gray, we outlined the five criteria of play. For an activity to truly be considered pl...

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...

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