Blog Posts - Youth Sports



4 Ways for Sports Parents to Get Recharged

Do you need to get recharged? If you are you a year-round sports family or if you go from season to season with barely a break, then you might be sucking wind as a sports parent. You know, like the kid who’s out of shape and is breathing very...
by jbmthinks on May 9, 2014

8 Youth Sports Concerns You Should Answer Before Your Child Starts the Season

Every parent has youth sports concerns before signing a child up to play for a team. And rightly so. Don’t assume anything. It’s always better to ask too many questions than to not ask enough. You will no doubt hear about a team or leag...
by jbmthinks on May 7, 2014

Let’s Hear it for These Rock-Star Sports Moms!

Sports moms and dads who love, support, and are positive voices into their kids are all rock-star sports parents in my book. But these sports moms should get an extra loud cheer, don’t you agree? You might have seen this commercial during the O...
by jbmthinks on May 5, 2014

Getting Cut from a Sports Team: How to Help Your Child Move On

Getting cut from a team is a pain no parent wants their child to experience. Team cuts are final and brutal. What do you say to the crushed, sweaty child who cries or mopes all the way home from the gym or field? My oldest daughter was once cut from...
by jbmthinks on Apr 28, 2014

6 Questions to ask Your Child’s Youth Sports Coach

How well do you know your child’s youth sports coach? Or any of the coaches helping out, for that matter? An informed sports parents is ready to make the most of his child’s youth sports experience. He’s ready to support, encourage, volunte...
by jbmthinks on Apr 25, 2014

25 Healthy Team Snacks

Healthy Team Snacks are not just for t-ball and peewee soccer. Big kids need healthy food too. When my  oldest daughter played travel softball–from middle school all the way through high school–a mom would always bring a cooler of health...
by jbmthinks on Apr 23, 2014

9 Things No One Likes About Playing Youth Sports…and One of Them Really Sucks!

You and I both know that playing youth sports is not all fun and games. You probably wouldn’t be reading my blog if it was that easy. There’s a lot to enjoy, of course, but there’s also plenty that is very frustrating. This list is...
by jbmthinks on Apr 21, 2014

4 Steps to Teaching Your Child Respect for Opponents

Does your child have respect for opponents when he plays youth sports? Perhaps you see way too much disdain, badmouthing, and disrespect in youth sports as your child competes. When I watched the Olympics, I saw competitive respect exemplified in the...
by jbmthinks on Apr 18, 2014

Family Priorities Vs Youth Sports: Who Wins this Tug of War?

Clashes between family priorities and youth sports are inevitable. It is a tug-of-war that causes conflict in many homes and on many teams. Things crop up: dentist appointments, family vacations, family emergencies. And sometimes it’s just the...
by jbmthinks on Apr 16, 2014

15 Facts About Youth Sports That You Should Know

Do you know the facts about youth sports? Youth sports is big business. It is so huge that we can only guess at how large it has grown. I’ve seen estimates of over 21 million all the way to 35 million for kids ages 5-18. You may not even care about...
by jbmthinks on Apr 11, 2014

Your Parenting Self Worth: Not Your Child’s Responsibility!

Is your parenting self worth based on the performance of your kids? Whether we mean to or not, we often attach our success as a parent–our self worth as a parent or person–to how awesome our kids are. Who doesn’t love being known as tha...
by jbmthinks on Apr 7, 2014

Two Words that Can Drive Sports Parents Crazy

Sports parents, you are your own worst enemy. Believe me, I know. After 21 years of parenting 3 athletes from pee-wee through college, I see clearly now that it was not the coach, or the teammates, or the other parents that did me in, it was two litt...
by jbmthinks on Apr 4, 2014

4 Tips for Helping Busy Sports Parents to Stay Sane

Busy sports parents will tell you that the true cost of being the parent of an athlete is not the money you spend on equipment or uniforms or shoes, it’s the one thing you can’t buy…. TIME. If you let them, youth sports can suck th...
by jbmthinks on Apr 2, 2014

What Should Be Your Child’s First Sport?

A child’s first sport…. are you wondering what it should be? Perhaps your child is active and is wanting to try a sport. Or maybe you feel playing a sport would be a fun thing for your child. There’s a lot of options; do you know ho...
by jbmthinks on Mar 28, 2014

How to Beat the Negativity in Youth Sports with One Simple word

Negativity in youth sports has reached epidemic proportions. Parents, coaches and players are all guilty and no matter how much we preach against it, it persists. Is there an antidote to youth sports negativity? And if so, what is it? I believe that...
by jbmthinks on Mar 24, 2014

Youth Sports Coaches: 5 Ways to Make Them Happy

Youth Sports Coaches come in a huge variety of shapes, sizes, and character types. Their strategies, temperaments, and likability vary, but there’s one thing that they all have in common: they can be pleased. Even if your child’s coach ne...
by jbmthinks on Mar 21, 2014

Wrestler Stuns the Crowd: Something to Celebrate in Youth Sports!

This wrestler stunned the crowd with what he did. This is one of those sports stories that reminds me that there are a lot of amazing young athletes out there. We tend to focus on the negative and call out the poor sports, the cranky parents and the...
by jbmthinks on Mar 18, 2014

4 Tools Your Child Needs to Deal with Annoying Teammates

Annoying teammates have been on almost every team my kids have played on in my 21 years of sports parenting. You probably know what I’m talking about. Has your child ever played with someone who rubs his teammates the wrong way? He may be cocky, se...
by jbmthinks on Mar 16, 2014

Keep Your Child From Losing Sports Equipment

Do you ever have trouble with your child losing sports equipment? Perhaps he has trouble hanging onto swimming goggles or a helmet, especially when there are several of them laying around. If you’ve found yourself frustrated at your child losin...
by jbmthinks on Feb 26, 2014

No. 3 Wichita State the first 29-0 team since 2005

   We have our first 29-0 team since Deron Williams was still a collegian.On Saturday, No. 3 Wichita State got 21 points from Tekele Cotton and 15 points from Darius Carter off the bench as they steamrolled Drake, 83-54.The Shockers cu...
by Georgia Tarheel Sports on Feb 25, 2014


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