Are punishment drills a productive coaching tool?

From our friends at TrueSport.org:

Do you make your team run laps as punishment?

Using exercise as a form of consequence isn’t a new tactic in coaching. But is it an effective and healthy tool?

Framing physical activity as fun, instead of punishment, can offer long-term benefits. Check out these alternatives to using exercise as punishment in your sport.

Do you know how to keep your team safe in the summer heat?

From our friends at TrueSport.org:

You see it on the news every summer. Youth athletes hospitalized due to heat illness. As parents and coaches, it is important to recognize the signs of dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Keep your athletes safe by learning how to detect and prevent heat illness from happening on your watch.

What College Coaches Look For In High School Athletes

From our friends at TrueSport.org:

With a lot of competition for a relatively small number of athletic scholarships, high school athletes need to know what college coaches are looking for. Performance on the field matters, but so does what you do off the field. Read our guide to find out what college coaches are looking for in their scholarship athletes.

Summer Nutrition Tips For Youth and Teen Athletes

From our friends at TrueSport:

Summer break leads to big changes in kids’ eating habits, and not always for the better. Read this article for a guide to keeping active kids fueled up for long summer days. 

How to Teach Accountability In A Positive Way

Another great piece from our friends at TrueSport.org:

Holding people accountable is often perceived as a negative, but accountability can be empowering when it is done in a positive way. Read this to learn how you can use positive reinforcement to teach youth athletes accountability. 

Five Ways Coaches Can Encourage Teamwork

From our friends at TrueSport.org:

To effectively encourage teamwork in youth sports, coaches need to do more than talk about it. Here are five ways coaches can create an environment conducive to teamwork.

Kids and Carbonation: Is Sparkling Water Good for Youth Athletes?

Another informative article from our friends at TrueSport.org

There’s a lot of confusion about whether the carbonation in fizzy drinks like sparkling water is harmful for kids. Read this article to find out whether carbonation is good or bad for young athletes.

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.

Thriving or Surviving: Signs Your Kid is Stretched Too Thin!

More great stuff from our friends at TrueSport:

There’s a limit to how much any of us – adults or kids – can pile into our schedules. Unfortunately, young athletes have neither the experience to know where their limits are, nor the autonomy to make appropriate changes. Read this article for tips and strategies to help your young athlete adapt and thrive with a challenging schedule! 

How Youth Sports Parents Encourage Doping – Without Even Knowing It!

More good stuff from our friends at TrueSport:

You may be totally opposed to doping, but the actions and attitudes of a parent can sometimes have an unexpected effect on a young athlete’s belief system!

Read this article to learn how parents inadvertently push their kids toward taking performance enhancing drugs, without even knowing it!