Four Signs that Kids Sports Are Actually Hurting Them

When I was growing up playing sports, nobody ever got hurt, at least not seriously. I don’t remember a single teammate ever complaining of knee pain, shin pain, heel pain or hip pain. Today nearly all young athletes eventually experience … Continue reading

It’s Amazing What Sport Shows Us and What it Shows Others About Us

I didn’t know Don Paup was a world champion. Yes, he was tall and athletic but his posture was welcoming and his presence, unassuming. Most days he sat behind a desk piled high with papers and journals or staffed the … 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

In Today’s World, Sport is No Longer Optional, It’s Essential

In the wake of the daily headlines, do sports and recreation even matter anymore? What does it matter that I teach kids to dribble, pass, and shoot? What does it matter that they learn to play the positions? What does … Continue reading

Paid Coaches: The Hidden Cost We Can’t Admit

Many, perhaps most, would say we have lost our grip on youth sports in this country. Parents are out of control, kids aren’t achieving, coaches are misbehaving and the whole system isn’t producing the kinds of players we hope to … 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

The Killer Dynamic Warm Up in 5 Simple Steps

Confused about getting your dynamic warm up right? It’s the first thing I do with every youth team, no matter the sport, is make sure they perform a complete dynamic warm up before every practice and every game. A regular dynamic … Continue reading

Should We Say No to Participation Trophies?

Participation trophies… to give ’em or not give ’em, is that really the question? Who knew that Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker, James Harrison, would ignite such a firestorm with his Instagram posting stating his intention to return the “participation trophies” awarded to … Continue reading

Pre-season Tournaments Beat Kids Up: Rest Days Allow them to Return to Full Strength

Are your players full of energy and enthusiasm at the beginning of practice? Or, are they pooped from school starting or the tournament weekend they just toughed it through? We all like those high energy days because we know that’s when … Continue reading

10 Great Life Lessons from the Women’s World Cup

I was schooled by the Girls of Summer 2015. Apparently, character development and life lessons aren’t just for kids anymore. Here are 10 nuggets I want to remember from the dazzling performances at the 2015 World Cup. Be the person who … Continue reading