Player Development

How to Keep Players Coming Back Year After Year

It’s one thing to attract players to your youth sports club. It’s a whole other challenge to retain athletes within your organization long-term. One way to keep athletes in your club and away from your competitors is by offering players … Read More

Is Year-Round Training Good for Youth Athletes?

Know the potential risks of having your athletes train year-round There are pros and cons of having youth athletes specialize in a sport There was a time when athletes were revered for excelling at multiple sports. Bo Jackson starred in … Read More

Ways to Help Young Athletes Cope with Lack of Playing Time

We’ve all been there. We’ve all seen the look on the face of a young athlete as they sits on the end of the bench, just waiting to get called to go into the game. Whether you’re a coach, director, … Read More

How to Positively Make Player Cuts [Guest Post: Positive Coaching Alliance]

While being cut is the most painful for the child who doesn’t make the team, making the cut is also difficult for the coach. As a result, some coaches avoid communicating about this topic with players and parents. Coaches should … Read More

How to prepare kids for tryouts

How to help kids prepare for tryouts

  Cleats? Check. Mouth guard? Check. Calm state of mind? Umm … When helping youth athletes prepare for tryouts, parents and coaches typically focus on the basics – bring the right equipment, warm up, stretch, execute the drill – and … Read More

Tips for helping kids cope with not making a sports team

Ask any youth athletics coach what’s the worst day of the season, and you’ll likely get a unanimous answer – cut day. No matter what the skill level or the age group, cutting an athlete is a difficult task. Tryouts … Read More