Parent's Role

Setting Boundaries But Supporting Independence Work Best For Sports Parents, Study Says

Parents who set boundaries and expectations for their teenage daughters but encouraged independence within those limits were better able to gauge their child's mood, provide feedback on their child's sports performance at the right time, and maintain open lines of communication, a Canadian study finds.

The Draft

Last weekend we woke to a cold crisp Saturday morning. Fortunately there was no wind. But at 25 degrees, it was plenty cold. This was the day for Meridian Youth Baseball Assessments. The thought of going through a baseball combine at that temperature didn't seem to phase the kids, they had adrenalin to keep them warm. We parents on the other hand, we were a bit chilly. And of course, nothing runs according to plan, so we waited in the cold for about an hour longer than we were prepared for. But it was only adults, like me, whining about the weather.

The Pre-Title IX Mom: A Humorous Look At Sports By One Clueless Mom

Like learning a second language, learning sports is best done when you are young. For one mom, growing up in the pre-Title IX era meant that, no matter how hard she tried, she just couldn't seem to follow what was going on - even when her own son was playing.

Lessons Learned in Little League

When I pick up a newspaper only to read another youth sports horror story about parents fighting at a youth hockey, football or baseball game with each other or with coaches or umpires, I often think back to the time when I was playing youth baseball:

Tryouts and Cuts: Advice For Parents

Trying out for a roster spot on a team can be an extremely stressful situation for young athletes. If your child is trying out for a sports team, here some tips for parents on how to prepare your child for the try-out and what to do if she doesn't make the cut.

Why Is Playing A Sport Important?

As a parent, what is your sports philosophy? Every parent has one, but very few stop to think about it. Instead, we get wrapped up as parents in schedules, nutrition, transportation, keeping our children playing sports and making sure the sports program in which they participate is best suited to their needs and talents. Every now and then, though, parents should pause to reflect on this larger question. If they don't, they risk losing the forest for the trees.

Sports Mom, What Will You Do?

Advice for Sports Moms from a Sports Mom

Women, particularly the mothers who volunteer, are often the backbone of what makes a youth sports team work smoothly.
Unfortunately, as with dads, when it comes to their own child's sports team, a mom's greatest strengths can become weaknesses that can cause problems for her child and his/her coach. 

Performance Anxiety – 3 Quick Ways to Reduce Stress before the Big Game

Summer is when a variety of youth sports leagues begin post-season tournaments, World Series events and State Championships so an article on calming performance anxiety seemed to be fitting.

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