Parent's Role

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.

Hal Tearse (Hockey Coach): Less Pressure To Win and More Patience From Parents Needed

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.

Longtime hockey coach and Coach in Chief of Minnesota Hockey says if he could "flip a switch" and change one thing about the culture of youth sports is would be less pressure to win and more patience on the part of parents.

Dan Evans (Former Dodgers GM): Let Coaches Coach, Parents Parent, and Players Play

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.

Today we hear from Dan Evans, President/CEO of Evans Baseball Consulting and former General Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

A longtime MLB executive and former GM of the Los Angeles Dodgers says the three biggest faults he has with today's youth sports are the unrealistic expectations set for participants, the inability of parents to relinquish control, and a failure to keep the focus on making the experience a positive one for the youth.

Summer Sanders (Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer and TV Analyst): Breakfast Is Most Important Meal Of Day

During May Is Sports Moms month, MomsTEAM's Brooke de Lench caught up with four-time Olympic swimming medalist turned Olympic television analyst, Summer Sanders, at her Park City, Utah home.Summer Sanders at her Park City, Utah home

Sanders exploded onto the swimming scene during her years as a Stanford University student before winning two golds, a silver and a bronze at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.  Now a mother of a son and daughter, she has taken her knowledge of the sport outside the pool as a commentator for NBC's Olympic coverage and will be covering the London 2012 Games for a new outlet as well.

A former Olympic swimming great turned television analyst tells MomsTEAM's Brooke de Lench that she is a big proponent of breakfast and of the importance of never skipping the morning meal.

Nancy Hogshead-Makar (Olympic Medalist & Women's Sports Advocate): For Kids Under 12 Sports Not About Winning

Being the mother of an athlete is a challenging yet rewarding role. So momsTEAM designated May as Sports Moms Month and has celebrated by asking some of our favorite sports moms to share their wisdom by responding to a series of questions.

We have heard from a fascinating range of sports moms, from a mom of an Olympic athlete to a bunch of moms who were themselves Olympic athletes, from a moms of former minor league baseball players and NCAA Division 1 basketball players to a Minnesota hockey mom and author, from a sports nutritionist to an award-winning health and safety reporter.

A three-time Olympic gold medalist, mom of three, law professor and one of the nation's foremost experts on Title IX says youth sports should be focused more on teaching and building good skills.  For kids under the age of 12, she argues, sports should not be about winning, not about competing, not about playing year-round.
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