Keeping athletes in the game.

When Good Sportsmanship Doesn’t...

When Good Sportsmanship Doesn’t Make the Cut
“Nice guys finish last.” It stings to be the parent of the kid whose primary objective was “to be a good teammate” as she is cut from the high school JV squad. Why does it hurt so much? Because, for her whole life you have been teaching her that sportsmanship is the main thing. Surely what the team needs is a good team [...]

Videos for the Fit2Finish Book

Videos for the Fit2Finish Book
Here are the video links for my new book Fit2Finish: Keeping Your Soccer Players in the Game. Find your age group. Find your fun. Try it out. All the Fit2Finish games are fueled by the science of healthy sports but designed to blend performance into your practice. (Just don’t tell them it’s good for them!) Video Links for Fit2Fini [...]

Coaching is Like Parenting: your kids...

Coaching is Like Parenting: your kids show you how to be better
Our kids need coaches. They need adults who will spend a couple hours a week on the fields with them and will root from the sidelines one day each weekend. It’s a lot to ask of people these days, what with families going every which way, jobs claiming more of our time, volunteer responsibilities clamoring on all sides. I know all of this abou [...]

Friday Fitness Tip – Monster Wa...

Friday Fitness Tip – Monster Walk
The key to helping our young athletes stay free of injury is proper preparation. In today’s Fitness Tip video, 3 young athletes (boy-16, girl-12, boy-12) are trying the ‘monster walk.’ Try it for yourself to see which muscles are working. What differences do you see? between ages? between genders? 

Fit2Finish Athletes Use Bands for Fit...

Fit2Finish Athletes Use Bands for Fitness & Training
Dynabands, Therabands, resistance bands, stretchy bands, no matter the name, they are one of the best training tools for the fitness games we play and home exercise programs we teach and recommend. Bands are perfect because they are portable, inexpensive and adaptable. Purchased in 3-4 foot lengths or cut to this length from 75 foot rolls, we [...]

Can You Head it Like a Puppy?

Can You Head it Like a Puppy?
Only 10 weeks and she’s already getting the hang of it. Look out Air Bud. Here comes Lily!  

Ending the Excess in Youth Sports Wil...

Ending the Excess in Youth Sports Will Require Cool Heads Around One Table
Who made the new rule that you can only score on a fast break?! Don’t bother dribbling, passing, running plays or setting a pick. Just run and gun. Time outs and man to man defense are for sissies. That’s where, it seems, we find ourselves today, in sports, in business, and in our personal lives. The sad thing is, we think we̵ [...]

Are Youth Soccer Coaches Smarter than...

Are Youth Soccer Coaches Smarter than Little League Coaches?
Throwing too many pitches is injuring our little leaguers. The scary thing is, coaches know this and are still putting young players at risk. A group from Case Western Reserve reports, While 100% (of coaches) were aware of the need to limit the number of pitches thrown by young pitchers to prevent overuse injuries, only 44% of them actually t [...]

What Does an ACL Really Cost?

What Does an ACL Really Cost?
What does an Anterior Cruciate ligament (ACL) tear really cost? Young athletes don’t have a clue. I’ll never forget sitting with Katherine and her dad as we looked at the video of her performance in the screening exercises. I cautioned Katherine about the ACL injury risk in athletic girls whose knees tended to fold inwards when th [...]

Perfect Training, Puppy Style

Perfect Training, Puppy Style
Buddy, the Britanny When life gives you a puppy, make him a training game. I had no choice as I tried to escort Buddy, my new little Brittany, in from his fence. He wanted to dart this way; I wanted him to go that. Oh, but this was a game. If I ran, he ran. So I dashed forward and he bounded ahead. I stopped and he stopped. I started again an [...]