June 23, 2017

What’s the point of youth sports?

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Julie Samrick Finally, someone’s speaking out on the increasing madness of youth sports. A former professional athlete turned coach, now father of two, was in my town last week on one stop of a national lecture tour to promote his book “Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High Performing Athletes and Giving… Read more

Say ‘No’ to team snacks

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What I object to is the need to create a network of snack suppliers for the little league T-ball game that lasts as long as a special episode of “The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.” Are our children really so desperate for food that they cannot go even an hour without the promise of a treat? Read… Read more

How Coaches Can Better Develop Young Athletes

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They mean well, but many youth sport coaches are volunteers with little to no training. Many of these coaches treat kids like the professional athletes we see on television.  This is a big mistake… Read more

Whose Dream Is It Anyway?

Whose Dream Is It

By Julie Samrick   Caroline can’t remember a time in her childhood when she didn’t play tennis, and not just leisurely hitting the ball around, but strenuous workouts to perfect her natural gift for the sport.  She often played up to 5 hours a day as a young girl growing up in a suburb of… Read more

Less Joy for American Parents?

Reese Witherspoon takes her son Deacon to a Little League baseball game in Brentwood

When is the last time you cheered when sports practice was canceled?  An American mother writes of her experiences raising kids in Europe and how much more free time they had to be together, versus the frenzied, extracurricular culture of the United States.  Read more 

“The Blind Side” Inspires One Dad to Give More

Sterett is financing the educations of basketball player Phillip Haynes, left, and football player Abdul Sesay. Image from newsobserver.com

The movie The Blind Side gave North Caroline father of 3 Steve Sterett a real life idea:  to help kids who may not be homeless like in the hit 2009 movie, but whose families could use a little extra help paying for their kids’ education.  Read his inspiring story of service.   Sterett has been nominated… Read more

Coach and Be Coached

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My husband was asked to coach one of the 4th grade basketball teams in our city’s upcoming youth league.  Normally eager to coach- he has coached our boys’ baseball and soccer teams each of the past three years- he agreed, but with trepidation since he never played organized basketball himself.   He said yes because… Read more

You CAN Teach an Old Dog New Tricks by Lillian Sanderson

Hispanic family playing cards together

So many old sayings plant themselves in our heads and, whether we realize it or not, they affect our thinking.  I suppose some are helpful, like “haste makes waste,” but the one that has bugged me for years is “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”   Many children figure it is too late… Read more

Fueling Your Athlete by Lauren Anderson

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Most of us are familiar with the saying “you are what you eat.” So we cannot feed our kids, our athletes, our future super-stars junk food and expect high performance.   I had the opportunity to remind my own children of this last weekend.  My daughter had spent the night with a friend and in… Read more

Little Leaguer Killed During Game

Little League Baseball Player Running

A very sad and freak accident occurred in Arizona this week.  Condolences go out to a 13-year-old boy’s family, friends and community. Read the story