Burned out youth athletes: it’s time to abolish college athletic scholarships

It’s time to abolish college sports and thus scholarships for athletes, and return the focus on campus to education. More importantly, this might have a trickle-down effect to lessen the pressure of youth sports. The $10.6 billion-dollar revenue of NCAA sports is matched today by a youth sports economy that brings in about $15.3 billion, a 55% increase since 2010. Like college sports, youth sports … [Read more...]

Don’t allow overzealous youth coaches to rule your life

Parents are giving youth sports coaches way too much power over the lives of their children and families. Overuse injuries, overtraining, and burnout among child and adolescent athletes are a growing problem. Single-sport, year-round training and competition is becoming more and more common, as well as weekend long athletic tournaments that leave little down time for the child. Parents, kids, and … [Read more...]

Should we abolish youth sports? Playing for the love of the game

Somewhere along the way we began distracting our children away from what really matters, resulting in hollow awards and kids losing their childhoods. Everything, and I mean everything, has become a competition and adult driven. I don't like the focus of youth sports these days, and in particular select club leagues, with it's emphasis on winning and being the best. Girls can’t just cheer for their … [Read more...]

Get a Grip on Youth Sports

Adults, get a grip! I mean really. A high school pitcher in Rochester, Washington last week threw 194 pitches over 14 innings in his district tournament game, and the best his clueless coach could come up with for an explanation was that he didn’t think the kid was tiring. Dr. James Andrews, the guru when it comes to performing the infamous Tommy John elbow operation for major league pitchers, … [Read more...]