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Youth Sports: A Gift We Give, Not an Assignment We Make

Although HBO’s documentary series, State of Play, premiered two years ago with the debut episode “Trophy Kids,” the subject continues to be highly relevant to all involved in youth athletics. The episode focused on obsessive sports parents who yell at officials and coaches, and pressure their children into pursuing scholarships. The difference between the people…
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Spike TV’s Coaching Bad Highlights Need for Positive Coaching

Spike TV recently aired the final episode of its “revolutionary series” Coaching Bad, a reality television program that addressed “the growing epidemic of coaches with uncontrollable anger issues spreading across today’s sports landscape.” It’s become clear that there’s been a fundamental change in how some coaches and parents see the youth sport experience. On many teams,…
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