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Sex, Drugs, and Cheating In Sports: Is Money At The Heart Of the Problem?

With much fanfare and publicity, a Minnesota high school hockey coach recently posted his 500th career win. What the articles about achieving the milestone failed to mention was that he is alleged to have racked up all those wins with the help of players he had recruited, a practice which is prohibited at the high school level in Minnesota.  It would seem, however, that only winning matters to most people.

Are an entertainment-driven, winning-at-all-costs society, along with the never-ending quest for money, the root cause of the cheating, lying, alcohol and sexual abuse by coaches and athletes which too often plague today's high school and college sports?

Relative Age Effect Reversal Found At Elite Level of Canadian Hockey

Much has been made of the relative age effect (RAE) - that birth month is destiny for sports achievement - but the evidence is far from conclusive. It is true that some sports team rosters across the globe have a lot of players born in the first few months of the year, but there is more to this phenomenon than originally understood.

Staying Physically Fit During School Year: A Challenge For Many Parents

With the school year beginning, a concern of many parents of youth athletes is how to keep their family healthy, physically and mentally.  You don't have to sacrifice your own mental and physical fitness to maintain the rigorous schedules that school and extracurricular activities demand. Here's how.

Parents Rethinking Contact Sports

Local youth football organizers in Minnesota say they are experiencing a 20 percent decline in registrations this year, citing increased awareness of the potential of serious injury and parents who are apparently picking other sports for their 3rd and 4th grade children.

London Olympics: Celebrating Athletes And Their Moms

Watching 12 hours of Olympic coverage every day gives one Texas sports mom a chance to learn from lots of dedicated sports moms, and grandmums, including Queen Elizabeth II.

Handling Pressure In Sports: Parents Can Help

As a parent, you can help your child learn how to positively deal with pressure and stress during sports events, teaching them a valuable life skill that will benefit them in other areas of their life, too.

Watching The Olympics: Making It Fun and Educational For Kids

A two-time Olympic track cyclist and mom of two young children talks about how parents can make watching the London Olympics with their kids a fun and educational experience.

The Summer of Play: Eight Ways to Let Your Kid Be a Kid This Summer

A best-selling parenting author argues that the lack of unstructured play  is exacting a heavy price on our kids, but says that if you're ready to change your high-pressure, overscheduling ways, summer is the perfect time to get started.

Unstructured Play (and Why Your Kids Need More of It This Summer)

All of our well-meaning attempts to fill up our children's summer with enriching activities may actually be harming them. Here is why we need to back off a little and let them just be kids.

David Kittner (a/k/a Youth Fitness Guy): Adults in Youth Sports Need To Always Remember It's For The Kids

Being the father of an athlete is a challenging yet rewarding role. We decided at MomsTEAM to designate June as National Sports Dads Month and all month long have been hearing from a fascinating range of men about what they have learned as sports dads, what their kids have learned, and, if they could change anything about today's youth sports, what it would be.

Today, we hear from longtime youth sports fitness expert and instructor, David Kittner:

MomsTEAM: Were you an athlete and what sports did you play as a youth (under 19)?Kittner family tree

A sports dad, coach, and longtime youth fitness instructor thinks the adults involved in youth sports, including league administrators, coaches and parents, need an attitude adjustment: to remember, first and foremost, that the game is for the kids.
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