Blog Posts - Youth Sports



Make It Right: Former NBA Player Offers Young Athletes a Healthy Basketball Culture

Tired of reading about all that is wrong in youth sports? So are we! TeamSnap and I have teamed up for the Make It Right Campaign this fall to share stories with you of people who are doing what they can to Make It Right in youth sports. There are l...
by jbmthinks on Oct 13, 2014

6 Unrealistic Expectations Sports Parents Place on Young Athletes

One of the biggest reasons for conflict in relationships is unmet expectations. And in youth sports, it is no different. Parents expect things from their kids who play sports, things that the child may not be ready or able to deliver. We should be ho...
by jbmthinks on Oct 10, 2014

5 Signs That You are Vicariously Living Through Your Child

Living through your child is not necessarily a bad thing. I think as parents, we all live a little bit through our kids. We remember our positive or negative experiences and we want to see our kids stay away from the bad ones and enjoy the good one...
by jbmthinks on Oct 3, 2014

Make It Right: This Mom Uses Her Voice to Make a Difference in Youth Sports

Tired of reading about all that is wrong in youth sports? So are we! TeamSnap and I have teamed up for the Make It Right Campaign this fall to share stories with you of people who are doing what they can to Make It Right in youth sports.  There are...
by jbmthinks on Sep 29, 2014

“Dear Coach”: An Open Letter from Sports Parents

Every season, coaches around the world call parent meetings so they can tell you things you need to hear; things like schedules, philosophy about playing time, volunteer needs, and fundraising. They have important information for you–all t...
by jbmthinks on Sep 26, 2014

Is the Cost of Youth Sports Worth It?

The Cost of youth sports seems to take more and more out of parental wallets every year. The cost of equipment, travel teams, travel expenses, private coaching. and miscellaneous fees can add up to thousands of dollars spent each year for one family.
by jbmthinks on Sep 22, 2014

TeamSnap and JBM Thinks Launch MAKE IT RIGHT Campaign

Tired of reading about all that is wrong in youth sports? So am I! That’s why I am teaming up with TeamSnap this fall for a Make It Right Campaign. Our goal, for the next few months, will be to share with you stories of people who are doing wh...
by jbmthinks on Sep 15, 2014

Youth Sports Parents: Watch for these 4 Common Pitfalls When the Honeymoon is Over

At first, the experience of youth sports for you and your child starts out innocent and fun. As a new sports parent, you are still in the honeymoon phase of youth sports; the ugly side of competition has not surfaced yet. Honeymoons are great, but...
by jbmthinks on Sep 12, 2014

Do You Recognize the 10 Early Warning Signs of an Unhealthy Youth Sports Addiction?

Don’t get me wrong. I love youth sports. I was consumed by my kids’ sports adventures for 21 years. I was an avid supporter of my husband’s teams while he coached for 28 years. But there is such a thing as overkill and it’s...
by jbmthinks on Sep 5, 2014

5 Reasons Your Kids Should Hate Hard Work

I’ve always wondered why we have a holiday celebrating hard work. What’s to celebrate? After all, says the prevailing theory in life, hard work is not fun. That attitude has seeped into the youth sports culture. Parents, coaches, and l...
by jbmthinks on Sep 1, 2014

Why Some Sports Parents Don’t Get It

On every team, in every league, there are sports parents who just don’t get it. They are clueless to the true and lasting value of the youth sports experience. What drives a parent to this mindset? I believe there are a few reasons that sports...
by jbmthinks on Aug 29, 2014

6 Things You Do Not Need to Know to Be a Great Sports Parent

Athletes do not always beget athletes. I’ve known some more than one un-athletic  sports parent whose kid is a skilled competitor. Perhaps you never played sports, or if you did, you eventually realized that you were not athletically gifted. Now...
by jbmthinks on Aug 22, 2014

Do You Recognize the 10 Early Warning Signs of an Unhealthy Youth Sports Addiction?

Don’t get me wrong. I love youth sports. I was consumed by my kids’ sports adventures for 21 years. I was an avid supporter of my husband’s teams while he coached for 28 years. But there is such a thing as overkill and it’s...
by jbmthinks on Aug 19, 2014

Youth Sports Wake-up Call: Forget the Past!

There’s a lot wrong with youth sports. So we’re being told, over and over and over again. Every time I get online I see a new story about a parent gone mad or kids getting burned out. That culture of negativity sparks many conversations...
by jbmthinks on Aug 18, 2014

Dear Over-Controlling Sports Parent, Please Read This Letter

Maybe you are not an over-controlling sports parent, but I’m pretty sure you know a few if your kids are playing youth sports. If you are a coach, a team parent, or just a parent who wants to help other parents let go of their control issues so...
by jbmthinks on Aug 15, 2014

Is Your Child Overlooked on His Youth Sports Team?

One of the goals of a youth sports team is to help kids learn to be leaders. But the problem is that while many coaches and parents look for natural born, charismatic leaders, they often overlook some of the strongest leaders on the team. Perhaps yo...
by jbmthinks on Aug 8, 2014

What Every Parent Needs to Know About PRESSURE

Pressure is not something we embrace. In fact, parents often cringe when they see their kids in pressure situations. I’ll never forget my son’s 4th grade all-star playoff game. As a pitcher, he was doing great; as a hitter, not so. It wa...
by jbmthinks on Aug 4, 2014

Which of These 5 Subtle Mistakes Do You Make as a Sports Parent?

You may not be the ranting sports parent that paces the sidelines or the ballistic mom or dad who corners the coach after a game. but sports parenting mistakes that are much more subtle can be just as damaging or deflating to a child’s chara...
by jbmthinks on Aug 1, 2014

Which of These 5 Subtle Mistakes Do You Make as a Sports Parent?

You may not be the ranting sports parent that paces the sidelines or the ballistic mom or dad who corners the coach after a game. but sports parenting mistakes that are much more subtle can be just as damaging or deflating to a child’s chara...
by jbmthinks on Aug 1, 2014

Here is a Plan for Teaching Your Kids Self Control

When kids lack self control, it’s easy to laugh it off and say, “Oh, they’re just being kids.” And to a certain extent, I think we must allow  them to “just be kids.” But those kids will not always “just b...
by jbmthinks on Jul 28, 2014


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