Youth Sports: What Happens When Money Wins?

How much is your kid worth? Surely, there’s no answer to that question; they’re priceless. But what I am seeing in youth sports clubs lately makes me think that priceless is getting more expensive. We’re paying for them to do everything … Continue reading

No Child Left Behind: Let’s Get Physical

A lot of political capital and many educational dollars have been invested in keeping our childrens’ minds up to speed. The solution may be fitter bodies.  Aerobic fitness is good for the body and the mind Two studies at the University of … Continue reading

NEEDED: Coaches Who Teach, Not Just Recruit

We’re seeing an alarming trend among coaches of elite athletes in all sports today: recruiting their talent rather than building it.  After all, in an environment that celebrates winning above all else, teaching the fundamentals takes too long. Why develop … Continue reading

For young female athletes, selection is personal

I had a disconcerting phone conversation with a friend and fellow “soccer parent” the other day.  She said her daughter is “on the bubble” between the ‘A’ and ‘B’ team.  They are waiting to hear which team she will be … Continue reading

Catch Them Being Good!

…A great title taken from a book written by Tony DiCicco (former women’s US National soccer team head coach) and Colleen Hacker, PhD (sport psychologist and consultant to this team).  It’s good advice for parents.  It works for co-workers, employees … Continue reading