youth sports 

Should Children Play Tackle Football?

When kids play tackle football, are they cruisin' for a head bruisin'? Credit: LM Otero, AP
This weekend the NFL sent a message to players that hits to the head would no longer be tolerated. This edict was handed down following a series of...

Hall of Famer Dave Winfield Talks Baseball and Breast Cancer

Dave Winfield, left, stands with with his mother, Arline, and brother, Stephen. Photo courtesy of the Winfield family
Twenty-two years spent slugging home runs and earning Golden Gloves in the Major Leagues didn't slow Dave Winfield down. ...

Basketball Team Cries Foul Over Player Disqualifications for State Tournament

Three of the best players on a Florida youth basketball team have been barred from playing in the league's state finals. Their disqualifications don't stem from on-court offenses, though. Instead, the players from the 12-and-under Boynton Hoops...

A Parent's Dilemma: How to Handle a College Football Scholarship for a Seventh-Grader

Put yourself in the shoes of David and Denise Sills. Fair warning, this will take some doing. For the most part, the Sillses are a typical family. They live in Wilmington, Delaware. They have three children, all teenagers. The two oldest...

Ex-Congressman Allegedly Flashes Temper After Son's Soccer Game

A career in Congress never got Chip Pickering near the attention that an altercation after a youth soccer game has. Pickering and a youth soccer coach got into a tussle that Pickering claims started because the coach mistreated his son after a...

Hockey Parents Get Sportsmanship Lesson From Youth Player

Miller Donnelly, then 9, delivers his message about how parents can ruin sports for kids if they are too wrapped up in winning and losing. The Donnellys didn't expect the video to attract a large audience -- it was shot in their basement with...

Hot Topic: Parent Sportsmanship Worse Than Ever?

Is parent sportsmanship at our kids' games in a steep decline? That's an easy one to answer, since examples of adults behaving badly on youth sports sidelines are about as easy to find as the games themselves. Today we heard about...

Life as a soccer mom: When it all comes together

There are many ups and downs when it comes to being a soccer mom. There is the pressure to attend all games, whether they are played on the home field or in a town three hours away. This gets to be a scheduling challenge when you have more than one...

Peer relationships in adolescent competitive soccer

Besides school starting this week, both of my old children will be playing soccer; it also goes into full swing this week. A study in the Journal of Sports Science last year reported on a study from Norway on soccer. The aim was to examine the...

Are today's children 'over-scheduled?'

It's getting to be that time of year when we begin to think of our children starting both school and all the autumn activities that occur. Are they going to be trying to do too many things at once? The Society for Research in Child Development...

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