The Real Investment

I came across an interesting article while reading one of my favorite blogs.  I often hear (correction: receive calls) from parents who are upset that their “investment” in youth sports didn’t result in a college scholarship, a spot on the high school varsity, etc. etc.  I am quick to remind people that they didn’t invest…
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Program Atmosphere

I enjoy basketball, so naturally this is one of my favorite times of the year: March Madness!  This past weekend, I tried to squeeze in as much basketball watching time as I could without camping in front of a TV for four days.  As chance would have it, I was able to see a majority…
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Why Participate?

Declining participation in high school athletics is a trend nationwide.  There are several reasons for this which will vary depending on whom you talk to.  Those who are pro-athletics will claim sports specialization and year round options at the club level; kids will point out that there are so many other things to do; parents…
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Whose Experience Is It?

Between the content of my email/voice mail inbox and the recent headlines from Independence, Iowa, about their girls’ basketball coaches, I feel like this is as good a time as any to address the true experience of high school athletics. In my opinion, this is the busiest time of the year for a North Dakota…
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Competitive Levels

There’s a great quote from the football movie “The Program.”  The head coach is in the office of some administrator arguing about the importance of football to the university.  At one point, he drops the line, “When was the last time 80,000 people showed up to watch a kid do a [chemistry] experiment?”  While I…
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