High school cross-country heroics

A North Dakota teen from Devil’s Lake, Melanie Bailey, carries an injured competitor across the finish line in a high school cross-country race. Here is a video of the story courtesy of CNN.com.

What we stand to lose in our obsession to win

We’ve told you about TrueSport before but it bears repeating. TrueSport is a movement powered by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that seeks to ensure a positive youth sport experience by imparting the lessons of clean competition, sportsmanship, and peak performance. We recommend reading their report which details some of the challenges facing our sports culture and offers solutions to make it more healthy.

Happy Birthday, AYSO!

The LA Times’ Chris Erskine, (one of our favorites) has written another terrific piece about the humble beginnings of what has turned out to be among the greatest youth sports organizations in the country, the American Youth Soccer Organization, (AYSO), which began in Erskine’s backyard of Torrance, CA. If you’ve ever had a kid play AYSO or are interested in soccer in any way, you’ll want to read this article.

Great quote about parents and young athletes

Your kid’s success or lack of success in sports does not indicate what kind of parent you are… But having an athlete that is coachable, respectful, a great teammate, mentally tough, resilient and who tries their best is a direct reflection of your parenting.

This made it to our Facebook feed today. Because we want to give credit to it’s source we did some research and best we can tell it originated as a post on the Facebook page of Proactive Coaching,  a terrific resource for parents of young athletes.

Football popularity in the U.S.

Here is another very interesting graphic courtesy of Vox.com and Joseph Stromberg. This one depicts the popularity of NFL teams in the United States by color-coding every county in the nation. Looks like the Cowboys could make a strong argument for being America’s Team.

Guess the U.S. is in the minority

Very interesting graphic depicting the world’s most popular sports by nation. See if you can find the country where archery is king. Courtesy of Vox.com and Joseph Stromberg.

Take a tour of the world’s scariest golf courses

Like the Hans Merensky Golf Course in South Africa. When people here refer to a scary 15-footer, odds are they’re not describing a lengthy putt but rather a lengthy crocodile. Might want to let that ball in the shallow water stay there and drop a new one. Or how about Pyongyang Golf Course in North Korea? Might be tough to get a reservation. And tough to beat the Dear Leader, Kim Jong Il’s record of eleven holes in one the only time he played it.

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