As a sports parent and coach, I know how complicated youth sports can be at times. So I’d like to share some helpful articles that shed light on the challenges we face… and some funny ones that might even give us an opportunity to laugh at ourselves. Please enjoy… and please click here to try our iSport360 app, which is the first-ever mobile platform to help kids, coaches and parents have a better youth sports experience.
Our friends at the National Alliance for Youth Sports are hosting this year’s National Youth Sports Congress Nov. 7-10 in New Orleans. Youth sports administrators from across the country can participate in programs aimed at helping to improve youth sports (that’s why we love what NAYS is doing!). Professional development and certification programs are also available. Click here to watch the video.
Have you heard about young athletes filling their “Emotional Tank”? I have to admit, I’m a bit late to the game on this concept. But I LOVE IT! Seems to have originated with Scottish soccer coaches. In short, just like we feed our kids to fuel up before a game, and encourage them to hydrate—we need to make sure they go into competition with a full Emotional Tank. Certainly parents and coaches can help keep the kids’ emotional tank full with compliments and motivation, but real teammates help fill each other’s emotional tanks. Click here to read more and watch the video.
If you are anything like me, you get confused by all of the organizations, governing bodies and acronyms in youth sports. But US Club Soccer is worth learning about since they are likely supporting your local soccer club. Click here to read the full article.