Sports Parenting – Part 1

**This is the first of a series of posts that will focus on parenting in high school athletics; in fact, I’m going to use all of my July posts to focus on this topic.  There are three quick disclaimers that are needed prior to this series of posts: –  If you’ve read my blog several…
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Quick Fixes Don’t Fix A Thing

I spent the past weekend working as an umpire at a local baseball tournament.  Over the course of the 8 games I worked, I had the opportunity to observe many coaches, parents, and players.  Overall, the atmosphere and attitudes surrounding the tournament were very good: most of the kids and coaches were having fun playing/coaching,…
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Why Kids Play

WHEW!  So it’s been about a month since I last posted a blog.  In that time, we managed to get through the end of the school year, host four spring regional and state tourneys, and almost complete our end of the year tasks.  I’d like to claim that we’re finally winding down for the summer,…
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I Love Track & Field

For those of you that know me personally, I can already hear the response to this blog post’s title: “But you’re a BASEBALL guy!”  I do classify myself as a baseball guy, but there is much to like about sports like track and field.  Because I’m very competitive, the idea of standing on one line…
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GFPS Communication Guidelines – Part 4

Finally, the last portion of our district’s athletic department communication guidelines.  In Part 1, I laid out the types of communications that we expect to take place between our coaches and our parents.  In Part 2, I discussed the three types of parental concerns that we encourage parents to address with our coaches.  In Part…
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