Great young men

After reading the Los Angeles Times’ Eric Sondheimer’s latest article about some of the more impressive high school football players in the L.A. area you may get goosebumps, or want to stand up and applaud…or maybe both. This is proof that there still is a lot of good out there and that youth sports can have a positive impact.

An example of overbearing parents?

This article recently ran in the Los Angeles Times about a Southern California high school where sports parents seem to feel they can/should influence coaching decisions. It probably happens everywhere.

Winless team headed to playoff

And by winless, we mean 0-26. But it happened in Los Angeles this week. High school beat reporter Eric Sondheimer of the L.A. Times has the story.

High School Camaraderie

The Los Angeles Times’ Eric Sondheimer, writes the local L.A. high school sports beat. And while this article is focused on the city he covers, it is applicable to any city where student-athlete transfers occur. We all know that college sports are big money and, therefore, there’s a lot at stake at the high school level and that athletes must do what is best for their careers. But it is also nice to hear stories such as these and think about the fun and purity that can be high school sports.

The ever-changing world of youth sports

While the L.A. Times’ Eric Sondheimer’s article in today’s paper was ostensibly about the way youth sports has transformed due to technology, there is, as usual in his articles, an underlying theme. Namely, that along with the growth of tech’s role in training and recruiting, comes a price. Now, children are starting to be recruited earlier, are practicing more rigidly, and getting more serious about their sports. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? As in most cases, there is probably a little of both.

Are high-schoolers ready for year-round football?

That’s the question Los Angeles Times reporter Eric Sondheimer asks in yesterday’s column. Many coaches are concerned with the escalation. Here is the article.

U.S. Soccer Federation vs. high school soccer

In this piece by the L.A. Times’ Eric Sondheimer, we must decide if the U.S. Soccer Federation’s decision to demand that the top high school players – thousands of them – must give up playing for their high schools so that the United States has a chance to field twenty or so on a championship World Cup or Olympic team.

Over-the-top or devoted dad?

The story in today’s L.A. Times by Eric Sondheimer is sure to draw a strong reaction from readers. Is Art Felix’s obsession with his daughter Angelica’s, (Jelly) softball career the case of a loving father-daughter relationship, or an overzealous parent with misplaced priorities?