What’s Gone Wrong in Youth Sports? Error #1 There’s Too Much Adulting

Up or Out! That’s the model in play today, says Aspen Institute’s Tom Farrey, kicking off the 2018 Project Play Summit. A few kids move up but most are out: dropping out because it’s not fun, selected out because they’re “not … Continue reading

The Most Powerful Advice I Ever Received: “Just because it failed doesn’t mean you’re a failure”

Just because it failed, doesn’t mean you’re a failure. I heard this for the first time when I was in my early 20’s. Having completed an arduous laboratory experiment which required many repetitions over weeks of work, I could draw … Continue reading

Post Season Play: Why Do Good Guys Always Finish Last?

So, what can we learn from the Washington Nationals baseball team’s latest flame out from post season play? (Because, Heaven knows, there’s got to be a silver lining there somewhere!!) … Every coach, manager, teacher, trainer, parent and player wants the … Continue reading

Add Injury Prevention to Your Dynamic Warm-Up in 2 Minutes

Are you doing all you can to protect your players from tearing their ACLs? Instituting a regular dynamic warm-up is an important first step toward keeping our athletes healthy. In my last post, The Dynamic Warm up, Why Do it?, we looked at the … Continue reading

Recruiting to Win is Easy, Building to Win Takes Talent

In the last 15 years I have watched the youth athletic field transform from playground to competitive cauldron. As college programs expanded, dangling the promise of scholarship dollars, and sports clubs upped the ante with paid coaches and select teams, … Continue reading

5 Potential Danger Zones in the Young Athlete

Kids need a challenge but they also need special handling. Most people think, why? My kids are flexible, resilient, and young. They bounce back from anything thrown at them. Let’s throw it all at them! They can handle it. Not … Continue reading

How to Develop the Volleyball Athlete: Focus Changes with Age and Stage

Editors’s note: Please welcome Niel Curley from 101volleyballdrills.com here to discuss developing the volleyball athlete. He brings a ton of experience coaching and training youth players and some important perspective on the approach which has best served his youth players. While … Continue reading

Coaching Like Pat Summitt (video)

With the passing of Pat Summitt, women’s sports loses an iconic coach and world class human being. Not only does the women’s basketball nation mourn her passing, but so does a generation of young people, now full-fledged adults, who knew … Continue reading

The Pygmalion Effect: Believing in them can help them succeed

It’s not just myth. Expecting them to succeed can increase the chances they will. It’s called the Pygmalion effect and it’s real. Here’s how it played out for me. *** “Wish me luck! I’m headed out to play nine,” I … Continue reading