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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Patterning Core Values

We hosted the Class B Girls’ State Basketball Tournament last weekend – always a good experience.  As a born and raised, tiny town, Class B kid, I enjoy getting back into the “B” atmosphere when I can.  While the folks associated with our two “A” schools in town certainly care about their schools and their…
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It’s Tough To Be A Sports Parent

I’m pretty excited about an opportunity for parents that I’m hosting online.  In working with John O’Sullivan and some grant money from the City of Grand Forks, we purchased 500 texts of Changing the Game that we’re giving away to interested Grand Forks (and surrounding area) parents in order to participate in an online book…
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Fellow Hockey Parents, Please Help Me Understand…

“I’m definitely posting a new blog tomorrow,” I said to myself everyday for the last three months…apparently I made up for my absence with the length of this post, though. I’ve started this post several times over the past few days, but I’ve always deleted it because what I’d typed seemed too inflammatory.  I’m having troubles…
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