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Playing basketballYears ago, a youth league baseball coach called to let me know that my 11-year old son was being invited to join a major league team - a year ahead of most boys his age. After an initial rush of pride, I wondered how this "honor" might impact our family. More >>

By Suzanne Nelson, D.Sc., R.D.

SaladOne of the biggest nutritional challenges parents of youth athletes face is seeing that they eat properly away from home. More >>

By Lucy Ferriss

FerrissWe've come a long way - I remember the moment as if it were yesterday. My older son, Luke, was nine when he was watching me playing tennis and expressed an interest in learning the game. I handed him a used kiddie racquet, showed him how to grip it, and started tossing balls over the net. Since he missed most of them, his 7-year-old brother, Dan, ran over from the playground and starting fetching and tossing the balls back to me. Finally, in frustration, Luke heaved the racquet against the fence. More >>

By Lucy Ferriss

Not a Golden Ticket for Admission - Sooner or later, as the parent of a star athlete, you are going to hear about the "edge" your child supposedly has over the competition for college admission. Whether the end of the rainbow holds a pot-of-gold scholarship from a Division I school or admission to an Ivy League college, sports success carries more weight, on average, in college admissions and non-need-based scholarship awards than being the son or daughter of an alumnus/ae or a member of a minority. The practice may be unfair, but most will argue that college recruits did not invent the system and would be foolish not to take advantage of it. More >>


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