Balancing the Desire to Win with Just Having Fun

There are a number of reasons why parents encourage their children to play youth sports; from physical fitness, to engaging in recreational activities, to truly enjoying the sport themselves and hoping their children succeed. While not every child has a natural talent...

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How Coaches Help Kids Regain Confidence After a Mistake

When you hear the name Bill Buckner, what do you think of? Is it that he led the National League in in 1980 with .324 batting average? How about his career batting average of .289? Not likely. What about Scott Norwood? It’s definitely not all the game-winning field...

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Examining the Pros and Cons of E-Sports

Ever since video games were introduced in the late 1970’s children and parents alike have been glued to their screens enjoying virtual reality. Sports, on the other hand, have enjoyed a much longer history and a more storied tradition. Nonetheless, many parents and...

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Starting a Youth Sports Team in Your Area

Most sports have a number of local leagues that make it easy for parents to simply organize and enter a team, but those that aren’t part of a national program can pose interesting challenges for parents, especially those that live in rural areas. Many areas don’t have...

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Is the Cost of Youth Sports Driving Kids Away?

In today’s economy, with many families living paycheck to paycheck, the cost of youth sports is becoming unmanageable. There are equipment, travel expenses, and perhaps most importantly coaching. For young athletes that hope to play at the high school level, it’s...

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How to Deal With Disorderly Parents on the Sidelines of Games

It seems like you can’t go to a little league game without some parent kicking dust at the umpire for calling a strike on their child. “What, are you blind?” “The ball was high and outside.” “Doesn’t your health insurance cover glasses?” This may seem amusing to some,...

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How Sleep Can Impact Athletic Performance

It may surprise athletes to know that improving athletic performance may be as easy as getting enough sleep. Sleep is something that many athletes overlook. They train hard and focus on their diets to the point that they don’t realize that they’re overworking...

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How to Avoid Engaging Your Child in the Wrong Sport

Despite our best intentions as parents, we may unknowingly encourage our child to participate in the wrong sport. What your eldest son may enjoy playing may not be what his little brother will want to participate in. And just because your neighbor’s daughter is...

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Mental Strategies to Get You Game-Ready

Do you have a pre-game routine that goes beyond warming up and stretching your muscles? If you want to be better prepared for your game, you need to ready not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. Even professional athletes go through pre-game...

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Soccer Training

Soccer is perhaps the most demanding of all sports. In the modern game (at any level) soccer training and conditioning is essential. Few sports are played on as large a playing field, lasting as long and without regular rest periods. Players cover 8-12km during a...

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Join the TLC Sport Summit on December 11, 2017

MLB Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., CNN Hero Max Levitt & NBA EVP Eric Hutcherson are among 42 expert speakers on the "Tournament, League & Club Revolution" at the TLC Sport Summit Monday December 11 at Ripken Stadium.  The Summit gathers 350 youth tournament,...

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Guiding Your Child Through the “I Want To Quit” Stage

Have you noticed that your kid doesn’t have as much enthusiasm towards their sport as they once had? Is their love for the game no longer there? Have they mentioned wanting to quit? For some children, the signs of wanting to quit their sport may go on for weeks. Some...

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