Smart Girls Wanted, Non-Athletes Need Not Apply

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Here’s the truth: athlete beats non-athlete pretty much every time. If I am looking to hire you to work for me, smart is good, initiative is great, willingness to try new things is necessary, and good character is a must, but check … Continue reading

Title IX: Gender Equality Still Needs Work

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On June 23rd, 1972, the President signed Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 into law. It states that “…No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the … Continue reading

Want to be a Champion? Learn to be a Good Loser

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All of the golfing world felt for Jordan Spieth as his ball splashed into the creek on the par three 12th at the Masters this weekend. When it happened a second time, I actually had to walk away from my t.v. set. … Continue reading

Facilitating the Mental Game with Athlete Journals

Have you ever noticed that girls like to ponder things? Me too. Have you ever wondered what they’re thinking about? Me too. Do you know the best way to find out? Ask them. But don’t expect it to be that … Continue reading

Raising Capable Kids in a Competitive Setting

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So, if everyone in your class gets an A, what will you work on next semester? I asked of the PE teacher I addressed in the previous post Why All A’s is Failing Our Kids? “Integrity. Respect. Confidence. Protecting others,” he replied. How would … Continue reading

Why All A’s is Failing our Kids

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Kids today are the most evaluated generation ever, but are they any better prepared than we were? A Facebook friend who teaches in the local schools recently posted a photo of his grade book with names primly truncated. There was … Continue reading

Can a US Soccer Girls Development Academy Prevent Overuse Injuries?

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Did you know there is yet ANOTHER league to consider if you’re interested in high level girl’s soccer these days? Yep. US Soccer has announced that it will be launching a Girls Development Academy in the Fall of 2017. This … Continue reading

Taking the Fear out of Post-Concussion Syndrome

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It seems like nearly every soccer-playing kid has had a concussion these days. And even if we’re lucky enough to have kids still in the clear, we’re set on edge by the looming fear that the succession of “sub-concussive hits” … Continue reading

The Secret to Sports-based Youth Development: Kids Working as Hard in the Game as they do On Their Game

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What does the phrase, sports-based youth development, mean to you? We talk a lot about developmental soccer. We have developmental programs and developmental leagues designed to help kids make progress on their skills, fitness, mental toughness, and game play. We develop … Continue reading

Spring is for Training, Find Your Seat

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I was so excited to go see my first Spring Training baseball game, the Orioles vs the Braves. I’m not really a fan of either team. I’m a fan of the game and the sport. I love being at the … Continue reading