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One day, as I was walking in a city park with my son, we came across a friendly pickup soccer game. Three brothers we know, ages six to eleven at the time, were playing against three kids they’d just met. It looked like a whole lot of fun, but Anthony, the youngest brother, was in tears. His nine-year-old brother, Mark, […]

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Question: I often find myself angry and critical after watching my son play a soccer game and catch myself becoming really judgmental and negative about the coaches and referees—and even my own son. Why is this happening? Discussion: First of, you can breathe easy. You are not alone. Many people experience this. A University of Maryland study found that 53 […]

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It’s up to us as parents to ensure that our young athletes follow properly balanced preseason and in- season training and conditioning programs in order to proactively prevent injuries. Millions of us are guilty of contributing to the win-at-all-costs mind-set that’s dominated the child and youth sports landscape over the past decade, and our children are getting seriously hurt as […]

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  Sports push us to the brink, and when we stand on the edge of that precipice, all charged up with purpose and passion, the unexpected happens: a golden moment. We’ve asked everyone from recreational-league enthusiasts to accomplished athletes to share their golden sports moments. Surprisingly, these recollections rarely resemble anything you’d associate with a highlight reel: a game winning […]

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Photo by Lee Mills: Ray Winstone for Football Association via Getty Images In addition to knowing how your own sports biography can affect your child’s youth sports experience, it’s also important to know what triggers you when you watch your child participate in sports. Triggers are those things that quickly—almost instantly—cause you to become angry or upset when your child […]

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Here is Scott Lancaster’s take on what developing athletes should do: Many sports programs and coaches at the youth elite level (soccer, lacrosse, ice hockey, baseball, basketball) strongly recommend that children specialize and play one sport year-round.   Don’t succumb to the pressure!  Doing so is in direct opposition to the Whole Child Sports philosophy of developing the whole athlete. […]

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A brilliant excerpt on Play and Risk from a spot on article written by Peter Grey in the April 8 edition of Psychology Today: “An ironic fact is that children are far more likely to injure themselves in adult-directed sports than in their own freely chosen, self-directed play. That’s because the adult encouragement and competitive nature of the sports lead children […]

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We talk to thousands of parents about their youth sports issues. Great questions always surface. Here’s one: What if My Child Doesn’t Want Me to Coach? My son and daughter don’t want me to coach them. How can I be their first coach? First off, you are not alone. Many kids don’t want to be coached by their parents, especially […]

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