Tag: Youth Sports

You Get What You Reward

In my second year as the Boys’ Basketball Coach at Fairmont Prep Academy we are in the process of trying to establish a particular kind of culture and were having some trouble getting certain players to commit to things we felt were important. Some of this was the players not understanding yet, some was parental... Read more »

Father’s Facebook Rant Causes Son’s Drop from Arizona Youth Football Team

It happens so often – an overzealous parent wreaking havoc on their son’s or daughter’s sports experience – that most of us expect to see it sooner rather than later. Not only are spectators privy to uncomfortable scenes played out by parents right before their eyes, “crazy” sports parenting is a consistent topic in many... Read more »

Where Burnout Ends and “Fun” Begins in Sports Participation

Over the last 10 to 15 years, there has been a great deal of interest and publicity over the number of young athletes dropping out of sports or activities. Commonly referred to as burnout, opinions abound over the reasons why this phenomenon has been increasing. Many point to the growing trend toward sports specialization as... Read more »

Sports Injuries Not Just a Summer Time Issue

I was recently contacted by Emma Roberts, marketing campaign team member for Summernanny.com, regarding an interesting piece they published several weeks ago, titled 15 of the Best Blogs on Preventing Sports Injuries in Kids. She asked if I wouldn’t mind sharing the content here on The Athlete’s Sports Experience. I told her I would certainly... Read more »

Sports: Conversation Sparks “Idea,” Inspiring Book for Athletes, Parents, and Coaches

Over this past year, I have spent a good deal of time adding articles to my blog here at ChicagoNow. Pieces that I felt warranted a highlight, articles written to inspire thought and action, commentary (sometimes unpopular) I thought necessary, and writings with the specific purpose of building strong foundations for success…athletic success. My goal…something... Read more »

Sports: Athletes Seeking Championship Success Start With “ROA”

This past summer we watched some of the very best athletes in the world compete at the London Olympics. Whether it was swimmers Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte or Missy Franklin; gymnasts Gabby Douglas, Alexandra Raisman or Mckayla Maroney; or track’s Usain Bolt, Ashton Eaton or Lolo Jones; all demonstrated the results that unequivocal dedication, commitment,... Read more »

Sports: Helping High School Athletes Think Like Champions

Years ago, when I was still coaching, I coached a team that had a great deal of potential. However, as is common with a good number of high school athletes, their confidence was not up to par with that said potential. Their talent was most definitely beyond their current level of performance, and their efforts... Read more »


Being the holiday season of office parties,  Secret Santas, and gift lists for all those who have been naughty and nice, the practice of “re-gifting” gets a  somewhat of a bad wrap. It is not always bad to give something to someone else that has already been given to you. I’m not talking about that... Read more »

Sports: High School Football Team Demonstrates How Deafness is NOT a Handicap

This past week my department head (Scott Lange) shot me an email stating that I might find the link he attached to be, well…interesting. And from my perspective, it was more than just interesting, it was inspiring. The article, titled “California School of the Deaf football team stuns league to win title, nearly lands spot... Read more »

Sports: Athletic Success Can be Measured by “The Little Things”

How many of you have heard the statement, “It’s the little things that make all the difference?” A lot, I would assume. Whether in this form or another, it is a commonly referenced statement in sports (at least from a coach’s standpoint). And as a former competitive athlete, it is something I subscribed to as... Read more »