We founded Whole Child Sports and wrote Beyond Winning: Smart Parenting in a Toxic Sports Environment to raise awareness about the many problems in youth sports today and to provide advice and offer solutions to help improve our children’s sports experiences. We all want our kids to play sports long into adulthood. We all want our kids to have fun and develop as athletes and people. It’s why we spend so much time and energy (and money) shepherding our children through so many youth sports activities.
We can all see that our youth sports system is broken. Three out of four kids quit youth sports by the age of thirteen. Too many of the 40 million kid who play organized youth sports get seriously injured, emotionally scarred or simply learn the wrong lessons about teamwork, social cooperation and leadership. It’s downright tragic that at precisely the age when kids are physically, emotionally, socially and neurologically primed to benefit most from team sport participation, they opt out in droves.
Let’s work together to change the status quo. We—as parents—have a vested interest in our children’s future. We want our kids to have wholesome, safe, and developmentally appropriate athletic experiences as they grow up.
Please use this website as a reference guide, touchstone, discussion forum and launching pad for change. We can all make a difference. Individually and Collectively!
Our Parent and Coach Toolkit contains tips, scorecards, games and general advice for any parent or coach looking to improve his kids’ sports experience. Our Alternative Basketball Scorecard is a favorite among youth hoops coaches. You’ll also find our Ten Tenets of A Whole Youth Sports Experience and Four Stages of Play pdfs. Another Parent favorite: Choosing a Coach: A Parent’s Checklist. We will add to and update the Toolkit. You can also find more tips, suggestions and solutions in our book: Beyond Winning: Smart Parenting for a Toxic Sports Environment.
HEAR THE EXPERTS
Listen as Coaches, Athletes, and other experts explore key issues in youth sports like specialization, creative coaching, and alternative approaches to play and practice.
Shaun White talks about using the power of fun as a self-coaching tool.
Scott Lancaster and Kim John Payne delve into Time Magazine’s cover story on over parenting.
Scott Lancaster and Boomer Esiason discuss creative coaching with the late Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh.Read More
Beyond Winning offers an alternative approach to teaching sports to kids. It emphasizes training techniques and coaching strategies aimed at improving core strength, balance, and creativity in aspiring athletes, using an age-appropriate four-stage timeline, based on a child’s physical, psychological, and neurological development. Beyond Winning deemphasizes short-term goals like winning and youth championships and discourages the introduction of adult-oriented, league-structured competition.Read More
FREE Whole Child Sports Starter Kit
Get in the game! Sign up for our free Whole Child Sports Starter Kit. Receive a link to an excerpt of the introduction and Chapter 1 (on how you can become your child’s first coach) of Beyond Winning: Smart Parenting in a Toxic Sports Environment so you can learn the best ways to support and improve your child’s social and athletic development through sports:
- You will also receive a 15% discount on our upcoming Beyond Winning self-paced online learning video series.
- You will be auto-enrolled in all the free instructional videos we offer.
- Join with other Whole Child Sports parents all around the world who can support you in keeping sports fun and child-centered.