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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.

Mark Hyman (Sports Journalist): Favors "Kid-Centric" Approach to Youth Sports

Being the father of an athlete is a challenging yet rewarding role. At MomsTEAM we think sports dads deserve to be honored, not just on the third Sunday in June, but for an entire month. So we have designated June as National Sports Dads Month and invited some veteran sports dads to share their wisdom by responding to a series of questions.

Today, we hear from sports journalist Mark Hyman: Ben and Eli Hyman

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

A sports journalist explains how, after allowing his son to briefly pitch in a playoff game despite a sore arm, he hit the reset button and now advocates in favor of a kid-centric approach to youth sports which considers, first and foremost, how adult decisions effect kids on the field, on the court, and in the pool.

Aurelio Kamosso (Soccer Coach and Entrepreneur): Helping Soccer Players Find Success One Touch At A Time

Being the father of an athlete is a challenging yet rewarding role. At MomsTEAM we think sports dads deserve to be honored, not just on the third Sunday in June, but for an entire month. So we have designated June as National Sports Dads Month and invited some veteran sports dads to share their wisdom by responding to a series of questions (the same ones we asked sports moms in May).

So far this month we have heard from a fascinating array of fathers, from a former Major League Baseball general manager, to a Minnesota hockey coach and safety advocate, from a sociologist with an expertise in gender and sports to a pediatric sports medicine doctor.

A longtime youth soccer coach talks about developing a soccer training shoe that helps young players find success one "touch" at a time.

Brad Morgan (Athletic Trainer & Coach): Success In Sports Helped Son Meet Challenges In Classroom

 

Being the father of an athlete is a challenging yet rewarding role. At MomsTEAM we think sports dads deserve to be honored, not just on the third Sunday in June, but for an entire month. So we have designated June as National Sports Dads Month and invited some veteran sports dads to share their wisdom by responding to a series of questions (the same ones we asked sports moms in May).

So far this month we have heard from a fascinating array of fathers, from a former Major League Baseball general manager, to a Minnesota hockey coach and safety advocate, from a sociologist with an expertise in gender and sports to a pediatric sports medicine doctor.

A certified athletic trainer, coach and father of four found that the best way to help a son struggling in the classroom was to use the challenges he successfully faced on the football field as a metaphor.

Kevin Duy (SportsDadHub.com Founder): Find Sport That Fuels Child's Passion

 

Being the father of an athlete is a challenging yet rewarding role. At MomsTEAM we think sports dads deserve to be honored, not just on the third Sunday in June, but for an entire month. So we have designated June as National Sports Dads Month and invited some veteran sports dads to share their wisdom by responding to a series of questions (the same ones we asked sports moms in May).

So far this month we have heard from a fascinating array of fathers, from a former Major League Baseball general manager, to a Minnesota hockey coach and safety advocate, from a sociologist with an expertise in gender and sports to a pediatric sports medicine doctor.

The founder of a website dedicated to helping fathers become better sports dads urges parents to get out of their sports comfort zone and let their kids try a variety of sports, even if they don't know a thing about them!

Dan Clemens (Baseball Coach and Motivational Speaker): Positive Experience For Kids Should Be Everyone's Goal

Being the father of an athlete is a challenging yet rewarding role. At MomsTEAM we think sports dads deserve to be honored, not just on the third Sunday in June, but for an entire month. So we have designated June as National Sports Dads Month and invited some veteran sports dads to share their wisdom by responding to a series of questions (the same ones we asked sports moms in May).

So far this month we have heard from a fascinating array of fathers, from a former Major League Baseball general manager, to a Minnesota hockey coach and safety advocate, from a sociologist with an expertise in gender and sports to a pediatric sports medicine doctor.

A longtime baseball coach, author and motivational speaker says coaches, parents, umpires and league officials to understand that they are all on the same team with the same goal: give our kids the best possible youth sports experience.

Scott Slattery (MD-Sports Orthopedist): Sports Teach Kids Value Of Hard Work and Perseverence

Being the father of an athlete is a challenging yet rewarding role. At MomsTEAM we think sports dads deserve to be honored, not just on the third Sunday in June, but for an entire month. So we have designated June as National Sports Dads Month and invited some veteran sports dads to share their wisdom by responding to a series of questions (the same ones we asked sports moms in May).

A physician specializing in orthopedic sports medicine says his children are learning from sports that perseverance and hard work are as important or more important in achieving a goal than natural talent.

Tim Twellman (Soccer Coach): Sports Parents Need Training Too

Being the father of an athlete is a challenging yet rewarding role. At MomsTEAM we think sports dads deserve to be honored, not just on the third Sunday in June, but for an entire month. So we have designated June as National Sports Dads Month and invited some veteran sports dads to share their wisdom by responding to a series of questions (the same ones we asked sports moms in May). We will post a new blog for every day of June, which we hope you will find interesting, empowering, and informative, and that you will share them with your family and friends.

A former professional soccer player, longtime soccer coach, and father of three former elite soccer players, including a former New England Revolution star, would require not only coaches to be educated but also parents, so they would have a better understanding the sport their kids are playing. 

Michael Messner (Sociologist): Bemoans The Professionalization, Commercialization Of Youth Sports

Being the father of an athlete is a challenging yet rewarding role. At MomsTEAM we think sports dads deserve to be honored, not just on the third Sunday in June, but for an entire month. So we have designated June as National Sports Dads Month and invited some veteran sports dads to share their wisdom by responding to a series of questions (the same ones we asked sports moms in May). We will post a new blog for every day of June, which we hope you will find interesting, empowering, and informative, and that you will share them with your family and friends.

A sociology and gender studies professor bemoans the terrible 'trickle-down' of professionalization and commercialization of sports and that kids' sports today are too adult-organized, and that kids are pressed to specialize in one sport way too early.
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