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Many youth sports experts I’ve read lately have been emphasizing the idea of “just having fun” in youth sports. While I agree that children can only grow in their love for the game if they are having fun, there comes a point in their development when “just have fun” falls short. It is here that we need to have a unique marriage in youth sports: the union of “just have fun” with the concept of commitment. While “just have fun” teaches kids to enjoy sports, learning about commitment teaches your child a skill that will stick with him or her for...

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For most parents, the biggest headaches in youth sports have nothing to do with playing time or a coach that plays your child in a position that you don’t like. The biggest headaches are the things that take up your time and energy and can potentially derail a smooth season. You know them well if you’ve been a sports parent for awhile: safety, scheduling, fundraising, stats-keeping, and volunteers.  I’ve got some tips to help you get rid of these headaches and get you on the road to having a smooth and enjoyable season.  Find more Phone Cases for THE BEST SOCCER MOMS...

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In youth sports, there seem to be two extremes when it comes to parenting and coaching: the coddlers and the “old-school” thinkers. Old-school thinkers are more hard-nosed, less compassionate, and tend to think that showing empathy will not make a kid better or stronger. Coddlers are perceived as those who pamper kids, are more concerned about feelings, and do everything they can to keep kids from experiencing hardship. Let’s put aside the perceptions and go to the dictionary for the true definition of coddling: to treat tenderly; nurse or tend indulgently; pamper. Find more practice equipment for your young SOCCER...

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In every relationship, you must have good communication for it to be healthy. That truth applies to family, friends, co-workers, and yes, it also applies to youth sports. After 28 years of being a coach’s wife and 21 years as a sports mom, I’ve concluded that the biggest conflicts resulted from poor communication. You can minimize problems and keep the team relationships healthy by focusing on these channels of communication. Find more practice equipment for your young SOCCER STAR Good Communication From Coach to Team & Parents One of the biggest frustrations we faced was when coaches didn’t clearly and effectively communicate...

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For many parents, youth sports is both a blessing and a curse. We love the fact that physical activity is good for our kids’ physical and emotional development, but attending every game can be a challenge for busy parents. As a sports mom for 21 years, I can remember the weekends lost to volleyball, softball and basketball tournaments. I recall racing across town from my daughter’s basketball game so I could watch my son play in his basketball game. Our kids wanted us there and I always loved watching them play.  Find more fun T-shirts for THE BEST SOCCER MOMS...

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