What Happened to the FUN in Youth Sports?

It has been very easy to get caught up in the herd mentality and buy into the underlying competitive nature in club sports. Watching this game reminded me why kids play and why parents support their kids playing. In the United States, 21.5 million youth between the ages of 6 to 17 play sports on a regular basis. Youth sports are an important part of each child’s development. Unfortunately 70% of children involved in sports at a young age quit by the age of 13.

What To Do When Your Private Coaching Session Has Finished

Pretty much all the hard work has been done now. You’ve spent a while preparing the session, planning awesome and personalised drills for your athlete(s).  The session has been delivered in a fun, dynamic, well paced and informative way and now you can reap the rewards! Once the session is finished, you’ll probably get that warm-fuzzy Read more about What To Do When Your Private Coaching Session Has Finished[…]

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Youth Soccer: Cost, Time, and Love – A Parent’s Perspective

As a parent, we all want the best for our kids when it comes to their participation in and enjoyment of playing sports. When my kids first started playing soccer at the recreational level, it was obviously just for fun and to learn the aspects of the sport.  It was with a small local soccer Read more about Youth Soccer: Cost, Time, and Love – A Parent’s Perspective[…]

Has the concept of Play been truly lost in America?

  At school I was always about 5 metres away from a soccer ball.  If I didn’t have one in my bag, then my mates did.  If we weren’t in lessons, we were on the school tennis courts with our bags as goalposts, scuffing up my trainers.  I went through a pair every couple of Read more about Has the concept of Play been truly lost in America?[…]

Eating Before, During, & After Exercise

Here’s some brief insight into what, why, and when to eat. How you do it is your call. Like most things, this will depend on your goals. If you have performance-related goals, eating before and after exercise is critical. If you’re just recreationally active, you probably don’t need to be all that concerned about this stuff, as long Read more about Eating Before, During, & After Exercise[…]

You Won’t Believe How This Athlete Performed Without Sleep

Actually you will. He was terrible. Why sleep is important: The first scientific studies to examine the effects of sleep deprivation in rats revealed some pretty harsh results: weight loss despite increased food intake, skin lesions, elevated stress, and even death. Why do we need to sleep? My favorite reason was always my dad’s reminder that “there’s Read more about You Won’t Believe How This Athlete Performed Without Sleep[…]

Group Sizes – How Important Are They To Player Development?

I used to teach.  I used to teach in an English public school, in a low-income inner city school that to say the least, had its ups and downs.  Honestly, I thought I was a pretty good teacher – I used to get high evaluation marks, I had good relationships with the kids, they enjoyed Read more about Group Sizes – How Important Are They To Player Development?[…]

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