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Your body has a language all its own, apart from the words you say to your kids before, during, and after games. It’s become such a part of who you are that you probably don’t even think about it. If that’s so, then it’s time to take notice because you may be hurting your relationship with your child and distracting him from playing his best without even realizing it. Find more about How To Be a Good SOCCER MOM - The Ultimate Guide Here are the 8 most common body language bungles that sports parents make: Throwing your hands up. This communicates frustration...

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For many young athletes, getting recruited to play sports in college is the long-term goal. If your child has that dream, take a few minutes to hear what these college coaches have to say to parents and athletes. I talked with four college coaches: Joel Penner,16-year football coach, Head football coach, Dordt College. Charles Coan, 27-year soccer coach, Asst. Coach, Michigan Tech University Ordell Walker, Head Football Coach and Assistant AD, Bluefield College, 16 years college. Bryon Hamilton, 9-year college football coach, Shasta College. Each of them shares what they want parents to know and what they are looking for...

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Sports parents, let me get straight to the point: if you want your child to have a good youth sports experience, then it’s got to start with you. Stay away from these 20 bad sports parenting habits if you want to keep your child from having a miserable season. Find more practice equipment for your young SOCCER STAR Make winning the only priority. Fall into the youth sports money trap, hoping that enough of it will buy the right team, the right coach and fix all your problems. (If however, you find yourself needing to raise money, I have a...

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If your child is playing high school sports, then you’ve most likely been in youth sports for awhile. You know the drill, experienced the drama and witnessed the dreams that your child has about playing. High school sports is probably the hardest season for youth athletes. No longer is every guaranteed playing time or even to make the team. It is truly a place where kids either learn to grow up and stick with their passion, or they give up and decide that maybe it’s not really what they wanted after all. I’ve asked some high school coaches to share...

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Every single parent reading this wants to be a good sports parent. And most of you will probably succeed at that. But what if you wanted to be better than just “good,” what if you wanted to be a GREAT parent? A parent who goes above and beyond “good”. A parent who focuses on what is best for their family and kids. A parent who sees the bigger picture of life (and youth sports). If you have set that as your goal, you know that the hard part is seeing “Great” through every day. Being a GREAT parent takes a series...

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