Tag: Advice

A Different Approach To U.S. Sports Specialization Trends

  In Aurora’s The Beacon-News Jim Owczarski takes a unique look at the current trend of sports specialization in his article Swimming Upstream.  Jim’s piece focuses on Lou Solarte’s (PGA golf instructor) “push back” against this trend by emphasizing the development of athleticism within athletes in his “junior programs at Hilton Indian Lakes Resort in... Read more »

More on Sports Specialization: Still A Hot Topic in Today's Sports Culture

It is common practice for me to routinely surf the internet for articles regarding sports and youth sports issues. The title of this blog certainly supports that activity, and diligence in this provides much food for thought as I contemplate what important issues to address or expand on. In May of 2008, I came across... Read more »

Part 3: Specialization in Youth Sports, Good or Bad?

Finishing up our focus on specialization, another factor that athletes (and their parents) need to keep in mind is that different sports can and do bring different circumstances into the mix. There are sports that tend to have a genuine overlap between them (more so in some than in others) and because of this overlap... Read more »

Part 2: Specialization in Youth Sports, Good or Bad?

I suppose the best answer to this question of specialization in sports (and I know I might get some grief for this) is that there really is no best or right answer, at least no right answer for everyone and every situation. There are just too many variables in order for one answer to truly... Read more »

Part 1: Specialization in Youth Sports, Good or Bad?

Just over two years ago I wrote an article on the growing trend of athletes specializing in only one sport. It is something that had its beginnings somewhere in the late 70’s, gaining increasing popularity and athletes’ interest as each decade passed. The question at hand is: Is the centralized focus of athletes like swimming... Read more »

Chicago Area Suburbs Not Alone: Milford School Committee Changes Athletic Code

Supporting the information discussed in my article Current High School Athletic Codes: Are You Aware They Have Changed?, Milford High School (Massachusetts) has adjusted their athletic code policy to include consequences for athletes who attend social gatherings where alcohol is present, whether they are consuming or not. Chairman Paul Mazzuchelli stated, “We feel those individuals... Read more »

If You Live To Be 100!!!

If you live to be 100 years old you will spend the first 50 years of your life doing many things. You will spend the next 50 years doing more things and reflecting on all of those things that you did in your first 50 years. Toward the end of those 100 years of fruitful... Read more »

A Definition of "True Success"

The willingness, perseverance, and commitment to go through a process that allows one to achieve personal, family, and/or group goals; the kind of goals that many view as impossible to accomplish. And to do so with solid character and integrity, the kind of character and integrity that beseeches one to do the right thing just... Read more »