March 22, 2019

As kids, we put pressure on ourselves. There is personal pressure, peer/social pressure because all of their friends are talking about the games on Monday morning, and the pressure to not disappoint our parents and coaches. It forces them to freeze in the moment, do so...

March 8, 2018

This weekend, Little League, America’s greatest youth pastime starts back up! Boys and girls all over the country will don their new uniforms that are slightly too big for them and embark on a three month journey that some will think is the greatest thing on earth, som...

January 4, 2018

When I was younger, I loved the New Year because it gave me an opportunity to single out an element of my game and work on it throughout the year. When I was ten, I remember making the resolution to be able to shoot a 3-pointer effortlessly. At that time, it was much m...

May 25, 2017

I have never seen a team in any sport play a perfect game. There are always mistakes. Instead, Coach Ladouceur asked his players to give a perfect effort from snap to whistle every time. The only thing we are in complete control of on the field or court is our effort a...

May 9, 2017

I'm going to be completely honest with you from a coach's standpoint. When I am looking at players, I tend to favor athletes that are bigger, stronger, and faster at first. Those attributes are much tougher to teach than sport-specific skills. Any good coach can teach...

April 10, 2017

For young athletes, it is vital that they receive the proper mix of vitamins, minerals, protein, and carbohydrates. This link to kidshealth.org details the puts in all in perspective in a short but informative read.  In addition I know it's long but check out this...

March 31, 2017

Having proper nutrition and staying hydrated are two components of peak athletic performance that every athlete has the ability to manage. As parents and coaches, this responsibility falls on us.

March 22, 2017

I came across this video on my Facebook feed and it put youth sports in perspective so precisely that I had to share. Geno Auriemma is the head coach of the UConn Womens Basketball Team and the USA Womens Olympic Basketball Team. He is one of the greatest coaches of an...

March 8, 2017

99.99% of youth athletes are not going pro and 97% of high school athletes do not play in college, meaning that the reason kids should play sports should be to have fun. Competing, winning, character building, etc. are all part of the experience but the parent’s role i...

February 17, 2017

Nowadays, it seems like many coaches are telling athletes to focus on one sport from a very early age. Specialization in one sport will allow them to develop their skills at a quicker place and play the game at a higher level. Growing up, I was one of those kids. After...

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