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

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

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

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

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

Let’s Stop Concussions but Keep the Game Alive

Fit2Finish note: This is a guest post from Dr. Neilank Jha, neurosurgeon and the head of Konkussion Inc – a concussion treatment program with clinics in many locations in Canada. If you are concerned about concussions in youth sports, also read “Solving the Concussion … Continue reading

Give the Gift Kids Will ‘Die’ For (adult supervision discouraged)

The force is strong in these two! The force of fun, that is. You want to know their secret? NO adults told them to do it. I took this very same die (in gender-neutral lime green) into the fourth grade … Continue reading

Why Fit2Finish? Because it Starts and Ends with Healthy Kids

I often get asked, “How did you get started with Fit2Finish?” It’s a pretty good story… It was a sunny Sunday afternoon and I was watching my oldest daughter play a mid-season soccer game. The two teams were evenly matched … Continue reading

Nutrition, Body Composition and Health: 5 Talking Points with Teens

Coaches boldly tackle teams, players, parents, administrators and opponents head on. But there’s one thing most of them won’t touch: the “nutrition talk.” Especially male coaches of female athletes, either out of personal discomfort or for fear of raising the … Continue reading