Whole Child Sports

We stumbled upon this organization, which we’d never heard of. At first glance, it looks like they’re doing great work. We’ll be bringing you more from them down the road. Do you know of any organizations dedicated to helping young athletes and their parents cope with the demands of today’s sports landscape? Let us know.

Divide team into smaller groups

One of the cardinal sins of a youth sports coach is to run boring drills and force kids to stand in line waiting a turn. They need to be active and engaged at all times, lest they become restless and inattentive. A great way to ensure lots of action and repetition is to break the team into smaller groups, each group working on a different skill. CoachDeck is the perfect tool to help coaches in this regard. A coach who has a CoachDeck can pull a card out of the deck, give it to an assistant coach and say, “Will you take those four kids over there and do this drill?” and give another helper another card and ask, “Will you take this group over there and do this?” After 15 minutes or so, rotate stations so that all players participate in all of the activities. This means there will be less standing in line and more actual playing and getting better which means increased team improvement and player involvement and enjoyment.

Another reason leagues need CoachDeck

Here is a basketball league that is crying out for volunteer coaches and which might have to turn youngsters who want to play away due to lack of support. Give them a CoachDeck! The reason most parents don’t coach is NOT because they can’t find the time…its because they’re scared! They feel like they’ll do a bad job and will look inept. No one wants to look foolish. But what we’re hearing from leagues and associations everywhere is that when you give a coach like this a CoachDeck you’ve given them a shot in the arm of confidence because they know everything they’re doing with the kids is fundamentally sound. Not only do more kids come back to play each year because they better-enjoyed the experience, but more coaches return because they felt they did a good job. Give your coaches a CoachDeck and watch your league thrive!

More on soccer headers

On the heels of the US Soccer Federation’s proclamation that soccer-playing children under the age of 10 should not be allowed to header balls comes this article about Cindy Parlow Cone courtesy of CNN.com. Parents and children need to be careful.

First night of college hoops!

We love NCAA sports…especially football and basketball. And today’s first day of college basketball, the opening tip on the road to the Final Four has us fired-up! There’s a great slate of games on tap. Check your local listings and enjoy Friday evening by the hardwood!

Good use of taxpayer dollars?

You know all of those “salute to the military” exhibitions you see at NFL and other professional sports games? The giant flag being waved out in patriotic fervor where the home team honors our men and women serving in the military? Well, get ready for a Veteran’s Day surprise. Turns out that those teams aren’t simply doing this out of the goodness of their hearts. Instead, the Department of Defense is paying them taxpayer money, as much as $6.8 million by one estimate in an attempt to encourage recruitment into the armed services. So next time you’re sitting in an overpriced stadium seat eating an expensive hot dog and you see soldiers unrolling Old Glory to patriotic music, enjoy it all the more since you likely paid for the honor.

US Youth Soccer youngsters told not to use their heads

Amid rising concerns about concussions in youth sports, U.S. Soccer, the governing body for the sport in the United States, announced Monday that there should be no heading for any players age 10 and under, while heading should be limited only to practice for those ages 11 to 13. What do you think? Is heading the ball dangerous for young soccer players?


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 129 other followers