Archive for November 2010

Four Areas That Can Help End The "Burnout" Syndrome

Do you have concerns over sports burnout happening to your kids? Are there areas of focus that can help create and maintain a young athlete’s interest and involvement in sports? I believe that there is, and I address this issue in the ParentHood section of WePlay’s Expert Advice for Sport Parents in my piece titled: When... Read more »

What's Your Take On College Athletes Getting PAID???

Do you have an opinion on the topic? Vote below!!!   Check out this piece before you vote:   Should College Athletes Get Paid Beyond Scholarship? Bill Plaschke From the L.A. Times says…   poll by twiigs.com

Should College Athletes Get Paid Beyond Scholarship? Bill Plaschke From the L.A. Times says NO, I AGREE!!!

The recent allegations against Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, his father’s supposed request for $180,000 from Mississippi State during recruiting, and speculation as to why he chose Auburn over the Bulldogs when his first choice was to play for coach Dan Mullen at Mississippi, has again brought supporters of paying college athletes out of the woodwork.... Read more »
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Are Elite Level Athletes Born Or Made: Find Out Here!!!

Tony Fiorino (host of the Let Them Play radio show in Westchester, New York) and I had a great conversation this past Sunday regarding whether great athletes are born that way or become that way through efforts many don’t see. Several excellent email questions prompted our discussion. Listen in to the archived show and give us your thoughts.... Read more »

Part II: Bill Wells Discusses The "Second Click" In Youth Sports, Then Asks If There Is A Third

I believe Bill’s perspective (in Part I) to be a very enlightened one. Not only have I seen this second click happen to my own kids, but I have seen it happen as an educator, coach, and athlete in others as well. Being personally involved with students and athletes in these capacities gives one the... Read more »

Part I: Bill Wells Discusses The "Second Click" In Youth Sports, Then Asks If There Is A Third

Many of the topics I cover on my blog find their impetus in media-friendly sources like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, USA Today, etc. (or online sources connected with these), as well as several other popular and semi-popular internet websites. However, limiting oneself to only these types of... Read more »
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Great Athletes - Born or Made? Have An Opinion? Debate the Question on Tony Fiorino's Radio Show WFAS AM 1230, Let Them Play, Out Of Westchester, New York

Tony has graciously asked me to discuss the premise behind the two-piece article I recently published on my blog, Part I: FourFourTwo Soccer (Football) Magazine Details “The Talent Myth” In Sports (Part II Here). The Premise of the article:  It is practice and opportunity that leads to athletic greatness, not talent. It should be a... Read more »

Parent Files Restraining Order For Needham H.S. Soccer Player's Suspended State Tournament

It seems some craziness is afoot in the town of Needham, Massachusetts, as approximately ten girls from the varsity soccer program were suspended from playing in the state series, as well as from school. What was the reason for the suspension? A HAZING INCIDENT!!! Normally, the term “hazing” conjures up some pretty serious thoughts about... Read more »

Former Chicago Bear and NFL Hall of Famer Dick Butkus Takes "I Play Clean" To The People

How nice it was for me to see my Google alerts come up with an article last week about Dick Butkus and his mission with I Play Clean, an organization dedicated to getting the word out to teen athletes and parents about the dangers of steroid and PED use. KearnyHub.com website, out of Kearny, Nebraska,... Read more »
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Athletic Fee Hikes Hit Home With Arlington [Massachusetts] Public School Parents

In late spring/early summer of 2010, I detailed the current trend toward increasing athletic fees for students playing high school sports. Part I: Pay-To-Play Already Here In Illinois: The Days of “Free” High School Sports Are Gone Part II: Pay-To-Play Already Here In Illinois: The Days of “Free” High School Sports Are Gone Reality Check... Read more »