Max Scherzer Under Pressure: Give me the ball

Max Scherzer. Game 5. Win or go home. You couldn’t sketch it any better for Mad Max. He loves this stuff. They’ll bring their best. We’ll bring our best. This is GREAT! Give me the ball! He doesn’t pretend that he … Continue reading

How to Say No to the Pressure Toward Early Specialization in Youth Sports

Focusing only on one sport, year-round, can increase kids’ risk of injury and burnout, according to the recent position paper on the dangers of sport specialization put out by the American Academy of Pediatrics. But the incidence of early specialization in so … Continue reading

Helping Kids Set Healthy Boundaries

No used to mean no. Nowadays it’s more of a suggestion or an invitation to negotiate just how hard you will work to change my mind. But what if the answer needs to be no? What if the right response is … Continue reading

5 Lessons from the Rio Olympics: All that Glitters is (mostly) Gold

Every 4 years, we get a gift like no other: the Olympics, brought to us in living color. Again this year, I walk away with new lessons learned and old lessons more deeply entrenched. Here is my 5 medal haul … 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

Three Ways to Defeat Cell Phone Slump and Text Neck

Our moms were right when they told us to “sit up straight and eat our dinner,” because poor posture is lazy and disrespectful to the others at the table. It gives the wrong impression, so sit up and eat your dinner, Junior! Mom … Continue reading

How Exercise Makes us Smarter and Think Better

If I told you there was a new brain-enhancing drug and it’s free and available to everyone, would you take it? Actually, this drug has been around forever, we just didn’t know our brains were susceptible to it. We thought the … 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

Smart Girls Wanted, Non-Athletes Need Not Apply

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

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