Don’t forget to have fun

You want to win, we get that. You want all the hard work you put in during practice to pay off. But remember, these are just kids you’re coaching and kids mostly want to have fun. So don’t take it too seriously today. Crack some jokes. Smile. Make up some nicknames for your players. Do whatever you can to help your players understand that it’s not life and death out there. And, ironically, when they relax they’ll probably play better.

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Ask the Expert: How to Talk to a Youth Athlete When Their Role Model Falls from Grace

From our friends at TrueSport:

Did your kid’s sports hero just get arrested or get caught cheating? Sports Psychologist Dr. Roberta Kraus, Ph.D. has advice for parents facing tough conversations after a young athlete’s hero and role model falls from grace. 

What will we do now?

The NCAA Tournament, our self-proclaimed best three weeks in sports, is over. Yes, the MLB is here and that’s great, but what’s the next BIG thing?. Well, beginning tomorrow the biggest golf tournament of the year begins and then a week from today one our favorite month-long sporting events, the NHL playoffs drop the puck! It’s always a great time to be a sports fan!

SAFE Baseball – Softball Online Course Preview

Want to take a preview of the SAFE Baseball – Softball online course we have been telling you about? They’d love you to! All you need to do is go here, and then create an account with your name, email address and any password you choose and you’re in! We highly recommend this course be provided for every youth baseball and softball league.

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Quote for Friday

Something to keep in mind if you hit the links this fine spring weekend:

“It’s good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling.” – Mark Twain

Warning Signs Your Teen Athlete is Abusing Steroids

The abuse of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs is rising among teenage athletes. However, it can be easy to miss the signs a teen is abusing steroids. Read this article for a guide to what parents and coaches should look for, and what you can do to get the athlete the help they need. Courtesy of our friends at TrueSport.