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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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Attending Your Child’s Sport Events

It’s been suggested that the primary purpose of youth sports has gradually transformed from something kids do for fun and life-development, into something parents do for entertainment and life-distraction.  It’s also possible that many parents have become addicted to the drama of their child’s participation in a sport. Performances, rankings, and the win/loss record has…
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Evaluating a Coach’s Approach to Injuries in Youth Sports

In one of our previous blogs, we discussed the importance of positive coach-athlete relationships and the "Check-Out and Check-In" approach for "researching” your child’s youth sports coaches. This approach consists of doing your homework on a coach to gain a better understanding of their competencies as well as their responses in practice and competitions. Conducting…
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How Crazy Sport Parent Behavior Impacts Children

Back in January, a video of a “crazy” hockey dad surfaced on YouTube in which the man (who is allegedly the father of one of the girls on the hockey team) is seen approaching the glass when the referee called a penalty. The dad then slaps the glass surrounding the rink so hard that it…
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