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, coaches and … [Read More...]

A Conversation With Steve Nicollerat from

I had the great pleasure to talk with Steve Nicollerat. I loved our conversation and I think you will too. When you look at Steve's impressive 35-year baseball … [Read More...]

Sports Parents Should Only Have 5 Expectations

As sports parents, we expect a lot out of our kids. I believe that many sports parents place their expectations too high, too unrealistic and too unfair. Have you … [Read More...]

GRACE: The Best Gift A Sports Parent Can Give

It was extra innings in the championship game of a tournament. There were two outs and a runner on third base. My son Brayden stood at the plate, in his left-handed stance. The pitcher wound up, and came home with the pitch. Brayden watched strike three … [Read More...]

Chill Out, Your Kid’s Not Going Pro

This is a guest post from my friend Max Wolter. Max covers sports at The goal of The Renaissance fan is to explore the relationship between fans and the sports, movies, and culture they follow.  Another Little League season will … [Read More...]

I Hope I Didn’t Screw Up: A Letter From A Sports Dad To His Kids

I'm a proud Sports Dad to three athletic, sports-loving boys (ages 13, 10 and 9) and a 17-month old little girl who's interests are still TBD. In case I get run over by a Zamboni and don't make it to see how my boys turn out in 10-20 years, I wanted to … [Read More...]

Practice the Habit of Helping

As a parent, you know all about habits–good and bad. You see it as your child practices habits at home, in school and even in sports. As parents, you also have habits. And if your child plays youth sports, you will make choices in how you parent that will … [Read More...]

The #1 Trait Of A Great Sports Parent Is…

If you're competitive and passionate about helping your child succeed, it's easy to get carried away when it comes to youth sports. Games can get exciting. There can be pressures to put your kid into more training, personal coaching, year-round … [Read More...]