Make Losing Safe Again

The hosts of one of the podcasts I regularly listen to got into a debate about whether or not it’s ok to beat your kids at games when playing at home.  Actually, the original intention of the host who brought the subject up was to discuss at what age it’s ok to start beating your…
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Silent September

Back in July, this article from the US Today High School Sports site about a youth soccer association’s attempt at a Silent September caught my eye.  After some initial feedback like this, the South Carolina Youth Soccer Association sent some follow-up guidelines clarifying their intent and purpose.  Briefly, the guidelines for Silent September looked like this:…
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The Three Percenters

As our fall seasons get started, I thought this would be a good time to re-post a reminder to our coaches and parents about the mathematical possibility of advancing in athletics.  Every time I share these stats, I think about the time I had to calmly explain to another parent that it is impossible for…
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I’m Sorry I Yelled At You On The Bus

I made a lot of mistakes as a high school head coach.  Now that I’ve been an athletic director for a while, I recognize that many of the mistakes I made are common among brand new, young, former athlete turned head coaches, but that doesn’t change the fact that I made a lot of mistakes…
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Pitch Counts, Tommy John, And America’s Pastime

With the NBA and NHL playoffs nearing their championships, it’s the time of year for baseball to take center stage.  While our high school seasons are wrapping up across the country (except for Iowa who I personally think does high school baseball correctly), we turn our attention to Cal Ripken, Babe Ruth, American Legion, and…
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