34 Reasons Why Ice Hockey Is The Best Youth Sport To Watch

After 10 years as a sport parent of many sports, I declare that the best youth sport to watch is ice hockey. My journey of being a youth hockey parent began in January 2011. My wife and I currently have four kids. Three boys and a girl. Our middle boy Brayden was four-years old when he asked us if he could play ice hockey. At the time, I jokingly blamed our neighbors for … [Read More...]

How Coaches Can Achieve Work/Life Balance

A guest post by Brad Nein Ed.D.  Work-Family Conflict within the profession of coaching has become a significant issue for coaches applying their trade at the youth, high school, and collegiate levels.  Results of recently performed research has demonstrated that individual characteristics including gender, relationship status, family status, primary coaching role, coaching status, and hours […]

Don’t “Should” On Your Kids: Build Their Mental Toughness

Youth sports offers a nearly endless opportunity to teach your kids life lessons and character traits that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Don’t “Should” On Your Kids: Build Their Mental Toughness is a great book from Dr. Rob Bell and Bill Parisi that will help you along the way. This book […]

BALL CAP LINER: PROTECTIVE HEAD GEAR FOR KIDS

A line drive off the head of a pitcher is one of the scariest things you can witness in sports. It’s the biggest fear of every parent of a pitcher. Protective head gear for kids would greatly decrease the number of head injuries. The problem is that most of the protective head gear created in the […]

My Kid Has A Concussion…Now What?

If your kid has a concussion, I’m sorry. I know what you’re going through. My 10-year old suffered a concussion in the spring of 2016. If you’re like me, you have a lot of questions swirling around in your mind. I had even more when he suffered a second concussion during the first week of […]

THE DOWNSIDE OF TRAVEL TEAMS

I’ve had a knot in my stomach for a few hours now. So I figured I’d write about it. My wife sent me a text this morning that said, “Looks like I’m staying home next weekend. Carter has a tournament.” Carter is our youngest of three boys who play travel hockey. He’s nine. One of […]

YOUTH SPORTS CLUBS HAVE AN INFERIORITY COMPLEX

  I kinda feel sorry for youth sports organizations. They’re so fragile. They lack self esteem and confidence. They have a real scarcity mentality. They’re really quite pathetic. Youth sports clubs seem to have an out of control inferiority complex that gets worse and worse. During a time when more and more big time college recruiters, […]