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But the world of youth sports has become a pressure cooker – one that, for now, the Redds have managed to resist.
Davis Jr., M. A. (2021, August 18). All play, no fun: Pushing back on the pressures of youth sports. The Christian Science Monitor

Davis Jr., M. A. (2021, August 18). All play, no fun: Pushing back on the pressures of youth sports. The Christian Science Monitor

But the world of youth sports has become a pressure cooker – one that, for now, the Redds have managed to resist.

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The study demonstrated significant findings of the connection between youth sports and mental health, with 9 in 10 parents (89%) citing mental health as a top reason their children participate in youth sports.
TeamSnap (2021, August 5). The pandemic’s effect on youth sports. WFMZ-TV News

TeamSnap (2021, August 5). The pandemic’s effect on youth sports. WFMZ-TV News

The study demonstrated significant findings of the connection between youth sports and mental health, with 9 in 10 parents (89%) citing mental health as a top reason their children participate in youth sports.

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Over the years, the three Walker boys gathered a trove of medals and trophies in football, basketball, track and swimming. Their father, Phil Walker, poured his heart into their pursuits and thousands of dollars into equipment, private leagues and trainin
Levitz, J. (2021, April 23). A dad fights to bring back school sports. His son moves on. The Wall Street Journal.

Levitz, J. (2021, April 23). A dad fights to bring back school sports. His son moves on. The Wall Street Journal.

Over the years, the three Walker boys gathered a trove of medals and trophies in football, basketball, track and swimming. Their father, Phil Walker, poured his heart into their pursuits and thousands of dollars into equipment, private leagues and trainin...

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Travis has been the top of the sports world - playing at the professional level. Now he gives back by educating parents on building better relationships and creating the right motivation for youth to excel in sports.
The Birdie Dads (2021, March 30). Help your kids enjoy youth sports. The Birdie Dads Podcast.

The Birdie Dads (2021, March 30). Help your kids enjoy youth sports. The Birdie Dads Podcast.

Travis has been the top of the sports world - playing at the professional level. Now he gives back by educating parents on building better relationships and creating the right motivation for youth to excel in sports.

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According to research from the Aspen Institute and Utah State University, youth from low-income homes quit sports because of the financial costs at six times the rate of those from high-income homes.
Farrey, T., & Stratton, K. (2021, February 18). Time to rebuild youth sports in America. The Hill.

Farrey, T., & Stratton, K. (2021, February 18). Time to rebuild youth sports in America. The Hill.

According to research from the Aspen Institute and Utah State University, youth from low-income homes quit sports because of the financial costs at six times the rate of those from high-income homes.

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July 31, opening night at Coors Field. No fans in the stands, piped-in crowd noise blaring from speakers, and a lonely Dinger the dinosaur, the Rockies’ mascot, sits alone in a section of outfield seats. Reading.
Saunders, P. (2020, December 30). COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on sports could be long lasting. Denver Post.

Saunders, P. (2020, December 30). COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on sports could be long lasting. Denver Post.

July 31, opening night at Coors Field. No fans in the stands, piped-in crowd noise blaring from speakers, and a lonely Dinger the dinosaur, the Rockies’ mascot, sits alone in a section of outfield seats. Reading.

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It's no secret that sales of kids' bikes have boomed this year. But the even better news for the industry is new research that suggests youth cycling will continue to be a bright spot post-pandemic.
Frothingham, S. (2020, November 18). Youth cycling can outlive the pandemic, study suggests. Bicycle Retailer.

Frothingham, S. (2020, November 18). Youth cycling can outlive the pandemic, study suggests. Bicycle Retailer.

It's no secret that sales of kids' bikes have boomed this year. But the even better news for the industry is new research that suggests youth cycling will continue to be a bright spot post-pandemic.

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Professional and college sports are playing through the pandemic, although it's taken a toll. Many athletes and prominent coaches have contracted the virus; games have been postponed.
Goldman, T. (2020, November 16). While pro and college athletes fight through a pandemic, kids have a tougher path. NPR: All things considered.

Goldman, T. (2020, November 16). While pro and college athletes fight through a pandemic, kids have a tougher path. NPR: All things considered.

Professional and college sports are playing through the pandemic, although it's taken a toll. Many athletes and prominent coaches have contracted the virus; games have been postponed.

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According to the Times-Tribune Staff, the COVID virus has been taking a large toll on youth sports. In order to read the entire article you must be a premium subscriber.
Times-Tribune Staff. (2020, October 30). COVID taking a toll on youth sports.

Times-Tribune Staff. (2020, October 30). COVID taking a toll on youth sports.

According to the Times-Tribune Staff, the COVID virus has been taking a large toll on youth sports. In order to read the entire article you must be a premium subscriber.

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Riley is the coach of the boys’ varsity team at Jordan High School in Watts, one of the hardest parts of South Los Angeles. He graduated from Jordan, grew up in one of the housing projects nearby, and went on to succeed in college basketball and then in E
Streeter, K. (2020, October 12). ‘Everything is closed down.’ The lack of youth sports is a crisis. The New York Times.

Streeter, K. (2020, October 12). ‘Everything is closed down.’ The lack of youth sports is a crisis. The New York Times.

Riley is the coach of the boys’ varsity team at Jordan High School in Watts, one of the hardest parts of South Los Angeles. He graduated from Jordan, grew up in one of the housing projects nearby, and went on to succeed in college basketball and then in E...

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Over the past two decades, there have been only two seasons in which USA Hockey reported dips in participation: 2004-05 and 2012-13. Both seasons corresponded with the NHL season being disrupted by a lockout.
Kaplan, E. (2020, May 28). How USA Hockey hopes to bring kids back to the ice after the pandemic.

Kaplan, E. (2020, May 28). How USA Hockey hopes to bring kids back to the ice after the pandemic.

Over the past two decades, there have been only two seasons in which USA Hockey reported dips in participation: 2004-05 and 2012-13. Both seasons corresponded with the NHL season being disrupted by a lockout.

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As if there wasn’t enough to worry about, out comes a survey that says 50% of parents overall fear they or their child will get sick from participating in organized sports once government restrictions imposed during the coronavirus pandemic are lifted.
Bell, D. (2020, May 18). Challenging times ahead in resuming youth sports. The Philadelphia Tribune.

Bell, D. (2020, May 18). Challenging times ahead in resuming youth sports. The Philadelphia Tribune.

As if there wasn’t enough to worry about, out comes a survey that says 50% of parents overall fear they or their child will get sick from participating in organized sports once government restrictions imposed during the coronavirus pandemic are lifted.

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These podcasts are from a monthly series of talks for coach educators/developers at national governing bodies and large sports organizations.
United States Center for Coaching Excellence. The Coaching Podcast.

United States Center for Coaching Excellence. The Coaching Podcast.

These podcasts are from a monthly series of talks for coach educators/developers at national governing bodies and large sports organizations.

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On average, families spend nearly $700 a year on each child's athletic participation, according to a new survey of over a thousand parents, conducted by The Aspen Institute and Utah State University.
Think Your Kid's Soccer League Is Too Expensive? Here's Which Youth Sports Cost the Most (And Least)

Think Your Kid's Soccer League Is Too Expensive? Here's Which Youth Sports Cost the Most (And Least)

On average, families spend nearly $700 a year on each child's athletic participation, according to a new survey of over a thousand parents, conducted by The Aspen Institute and Utah State University.

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The Little League World Series is well under way, and the scene looks so exciting—talented ballplayers; big crowds; a warm hug of attention from Major Leaguers and national TV.
Youth sports have gotten too crazy. They should relax. THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Youth sports have gotten too crazy. They should relax. THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

The Little League World Series is well under way, and the scene looks so exciting—talented ballplayers; big crowds; a warm hug of attention from Major Leaguers and national TV.

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Only 38 percent of young kids played team sports regularly in 2018 compared to 45 percent about a decade ago, according to research from the Sports & Fitness Industry Association.
Youth sport participation is on the decline. Why? AIRTALK ON KCPP

Youth sport participation is on the decline. Why? AIRTALK ON KCPP

Only 38 percent of young kids played team sports regularly in 2018 compared to 45 percent about a decade ago, according to research from the Sports & Fitness Industry Association.

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The problem is, she can't put him in just any program she finds and is interested in. Because of her financial situation, she picks only those that are free or subsidized or through the military, as Malachi's father is in the armed forces.
Kids aren’t playing enough sports. The culprit? Cost. ESPN.COM

Kids aren’t playing enough sports. The culprit? Cost. ESPN.COM

The problem is, she can't put him in just any program she finds and is interested in. Because of her financial situation, she picks only those that are free or subsidized or through the military, as Malachi's father is in the armed forces.

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The reason is not that he has already won enough championships or decided to pursue an acting career to be the next Rock, aka the Pebble. It's because playing sports just hasn't been fun for him.
Age 11 is when kids quit sports, here is the problem. FORBES

Age 11 is when kids quit sports, here is the problem. FORBES

The reason is not that he has already won enough championships or decided to pursue an acting career to be the next Rock, aka the Pebble. It's because playing sports just hasn't been fun for him.

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The campaign Don’t Retire, Kid is aiming to reduce the number of kids dropping out of organized sports. The ESPN initiative is part of the Aspen Institute’s Project Play 2020.
Keeping kids in the game: New survey on why kids are quitting sports. GOOD MORNING AMERICA

Keeping kids in the game: New survey on why kids are quitting sports. GOOD MORNING AMERICA

The campaign Don’t Retire, Kid is aiming to reduce the number of kids dropping out of organized sports. The ESPN initiative is part of the Aspen Institute’s Project Play 2020.

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Kobe Bryant spent most of his youth playing basketball and then had a 20-year career in the NBA. The kids watching him? They have a whole different set of pressures on them, he says.
Study: On average child quits sports at age 11. ESPN.COM.

Study: On average child quits sports at age 11. ESPN.COM.

Kobe Bryant spent most of his youth playing basketball and then had a 20-year career in the NBA. The kids watching him? They have a whole different set of pressures on them, he says.

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Here is a trickle-down professionalization in youth sports. Parents feel a pressure to spend more money to get their kids on the best teams in order to achieve in sport.
Your kids and comp sports. FLEXTALK: CONVERSATIONS FOR GOOD

Your kids and comp sports. FLEXTALK: CONVERSATIONS FOR GOOD

Here is a trickle-down professionalization in youth sports. Parents feel a pressure to spend more money to get their kids on the best teams in order to achieve in sport.

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This rendition of the Brian Kilmeade Show, from Fox News Radio tackles the concept: The booming business of youth sports leaves some opportunities out of reach for kids of working families. The rising cost of youth sports in America.
The booming business of youth sports leaves some opportunities out of reach for kids of working families. The rising cost of youth sports in America. THE BRIAN KILMEADE SHOW, FOX NEWS RADIO

The booming business of youth sports leaves some opportunities out of reach for kids of working families. The rising cost of youth sports in America. THE BRIAN KILMEADE SHOW, FOX NEWS RADIO

This rendition of the Brian Kilmeade Show, from Fox News Radio tackles the concept: The booming business of youth sports leaves some opportunities out of reach for kids of working families. The rising cost of youth sports in America.

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For much of the past decade, Richard Ness traveled with his son Chip, a youth wrestler, to events around the country. He estimated he spent “likely close to six figures” on his son’s wrestling career.
Parents can invest for years in kids’ sports, but scholarships are elusive. THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.

Parents can invest for years in kids’ sports, but scholarships are elusive. THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.

For much of the past decade, Richard Ness traveled with his son Chip, a youth wrestler, to events around the country. He estimated he spent “likely close to six figures” on his son’s wrestling career.

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No team sport projects white machismo as aggressively as ice hockey. Fans witness violence that, were the majority of players black or brown, would prompt pearl-clutching about “incivility” or “disrespect.”
Hockey has long been about white machismo. Can the NHL change that? THE GUARDIAN (ENGLAND)

Hockey has long been about white machismo. Can the NHL change that? THE GUARDIAN (ENGLAND)

No team sport projects white machismo as aggressively as ice hockey. Fans witness violence that, were the majority of players black or brown, would prompt pearl-clutching about “incivility” or “disrespect.”

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Angriffe auf Schiedsrichter, Eingriffe in das Spiel: In den USA nimmt das unsportliche Verhalten ehrgeiziger Mütter und Väter immer krassere Formen an. Die Erwartungshaltung an die Kinder ist enorm, in den Sport wird viel investiert.
Die brutalen Eltern am Spielfeldrand. DIE PRESSE (GERMANY)

Die brutalen Eltern am Spielfeldrand. DIE PRESSE (GERMANY)

Angriffe auf Schiedsrichter, Eingriffe in das Spiel: In den USA nimmt das unsportliche Verhalten ehrgeiziger Mütter und Väter immer krassere Formen an. Die Erwartungshaltung an die Kinder ist enorm, in den Sport wird viel investiert.

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Based on dozens of interviews with psychologists, athletic directors and coaches, here are key tips for parents to make their children's athletic experience enjoyable and develop lifelong skills.
Seven tips from experts to enhance your child’s athletic experience. ROCKLAND-WESTCHESTER JOURNAL NEWS

Seven tips from experts to enhance your child’s athletic experience. ROCKLAND-WESTCHESTER JOURNAL NEWS

Based on dozens of interviews with psychologists, athletic directors and coaches, here are key tips for parents to make their children's athletic experience enjoyable and develop lifelong skills.

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Youth sports organizations are increasingly reporting scenarios in which parents yell, threaten or physically assault coaches, referees, players or other parents.
Why sports parents sometimes behave so badly. THE NEW YORK TIMES.

Why sports parents sometimes behave so badly. THE NEW YORK TIMES.

Youth sports organizations are increasingly reporting scenarios in which parents yell, threaten or physically assault coaches, referees, players or other parents.

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The best moments of high school for 18-year-old senior Will Huggins haven’t been typical rites of passage like the prom or getting a driver’s license. Instead, he recites his time in the 40-yard dash, down four-tenths of a second in two years, and the 40
How a Hollywood powerhouse built a high school football factory. THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

How a Hollywood powerhouse built a high school football factory. THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

The best moments of high school for 18-year-old senior Will Huggins haven’t been typical rites of passage like the prom or getting a driver’s license. Instead, he recites his time in the 40-yard dash, down four-tenths of a second in two years, and the 40 ...

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The USCCE recognizes that not all coaching education and coach development professionals are affiliated with an organization, yet they have a lot to contribute to the movement to enrich coaching through coaching education and coach development.
Parenting in Elite Youth Sport. COACH DEVELOPERS NETWORK PODCAST

Parenting in Elite Youth Sport. COACH DEVELOPERS NETWORK PODCAST

The USCCE recognizes that not all coaching education and coach development professionals are affiliated with an organization, yet they have a lot to contribute to the movement to enrich coaching through coaching education and coach development.

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The Youth Sports Megacomplex Comes to Town, Hoping Teams Will Follow an article from, The New York Times.
The youth sports mega-complex comes to town, hoping teams will follow. THE NEW YORK TIMES.

The youth sports mega-complex comes to town, hoping teams will follow. THE NEW YORK TIMES.

The Youth Sports Megacomplex Comes to Town, Hoping Teams Will Follow an article from, The New York Times.

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Participation in youth sports is declining, particularly among low-income children, who are about half as likely to play organized sports as higher income kids.
Interview by Mary Cummings-Jordan. How to fix youth sports. WHYY PHILADELPHIA.

Interview by Mary Cummings-Jordan. How to fix youth sports. WHYY PHILADELPHIA.

Participation in youth sports is declining, particularly among low-income children, who are about half as likely to play organized sports as higher income kids.

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To get to this level isn’t cheap: families pay league fees, coaching fees, team fees, tournament fees, private conditioning fees, the list goes on.
Unaffordable Utah: The cost to compete in youth sports. KSL 5 TV SALT LAKE CITY

Unaffordable Utah: The cost to compete in youth sports. KSL 5 TV SALT LAKE CITY

To get to this level isn’t cheap: families pay league fees, coaching fees, team fees, tournament fees, private conditioning fees, the list goes on.

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Find guidance in your life from the Sport Psychology Podcast, help ranging from online therapy, to guidance counselors.
The Sport Psychology Hour. SPORT PSYCHOLOGY PODCAST

The Sport Psychology Hour. SPORT PSYCHOLOGY PODCAST

Find guidance in your life from the Sport Psychology Podcast, help ranging from online therapy, to guidance counselors.

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Since Ian played his first golf tournament at age 7, the couple’s financial commitment to his athletic development has been sizable.
Why families stretch their budgets for high-priced youth sports. USA TODAY

Why families stretch their budgets for high-priced youth sports. USA TODAY

Since Ian played his first golf tournament at age 7, the couple’s financial commitment to his athletic development has been sizable.

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I learned that parents use social media to post highlights of their budding Michael Jordan, and that some youngsters are becoming nationally known for spending hours in the batting cage when they should be climbing trees and having lightsaber battles.
Too many parents of young athletes missing the goal. THE COLUMBIAN, VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON

Too many parents of young athletes missing the goal. THE COLUMBIAN, VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON

I learned that parents use social media to post highlights of their budding Michael Jordan, and that some youngsters are becoming nationally known for spending hours in the batting cage when they should be climbing trees and having lightsaber battles.

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In TIME’s cover story this week, senior writer Sean Gregory explores the growing business of kids’ sports — a $15.3 billion industry that has nearly doubled in the last 10 years.
The Astronomical Cost of Kids’ Sports. TIME MAGAZINE

The Astronomical Cost of Kids’ Sports. TIME MAGAZINE

In TIME’s cover story this week, senior writer Sean Gregory explores the growing business of kids’ sports — a $15.3 billion industry that has nearly doubled in the last 10 years.

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His private hitting coach, who’s charging $100 for this hour-long session, tells Joey to shorten his stride. He’s accustomed to such focused instruction: the evening batting practice followed a one-on-one fielding lesson in Philadelphia earlier in the day
How Kids’ Sports Became a $15 Billion Industry. TIME MAGAZINE

How Kids’ Sports Became a $15 Billion Industry. TIME MAGAZINE

His private hitting coach, who’s charging $100 for this hour-long session, tells Joey to shorten his stride. He’s accustomed to such focused instruction: the evening batting practice followed a one-on-one fielding lesson in Philadelphia earlier in the day...

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When it comes to building a niche customer base, there may be none more loyal than athletes. They thrive in the thrill of competition and the good ones excel in an atmosphere of teamwork.
Rising Star in Mesquite offers total immersion in spots camp. LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

Rising Star in Mesquite offers total immersion in spots camp. LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

When it comes to building a niche customer base, there may be none more loyal than athletes. They thrive in the thrill of competition and the good ones excel in an atmosphere of teamwork.

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Million Dollar Plan: Youth Sports. WIBC INDIANAPOLIS

Million Dollar Plan: Youth Sports. WIBC INDIANAPOLIS

Explore hundreds of podcasts from The Pete The Planner Show, to learn how to manage your money and effectively.

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Investicija, koja je u Srbiji gde je prosečna plata oko 400 evra za veliku većinu nešto o čemu čak ne može ni da se mašta, retko se vraća a pritisak koji toliki novac stvara i na roditelje i na decu beli sport pretvara u igru sa malo uživanja.
Young tennis player costs 70,000 euros per year. DANAS (SERBIA)

Young tennis player costs 70,000 euros per year. DANAS (SERBIA)

Investicija, koja je u Srbiji gde je prosečna plata oko 400 evra za veliku većinu nešto o čemu čak ne može ni da se mašta, retko se vraća a pritisak koji toliki novac stvara i na roditelje i na decu beli sport pretvara u igru sa malo uživanja.

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The Olympics spark hope in many a child of going for the gold. But in financially supporting those dreams, some parents are going for broke.
For a child's dreams, are parents going for gold, or broke. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

For a child's dreams, are parents going for gold, or broke. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Olympics spark hope in many a child of going for the gold. But in financially supporting those dreams, some parents are going for broke.

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John Amaechi first picked up a basketball when he was 17, after suffering through years of playing rugby in England. He soon left for Ohio to finish high school. Six years later, he started at center for the Cleveland Cavaliers and went on to have a solid
The rising cost of youth sports, in money and emotion. THE NEW YORK TIMES

The rising cost of youth sports, in money and emotion. THE NEW YORK TIMES

John Amaechi first picked up a basketball when he was 17, after suffering through years of playing rugby in England. He soon left for Ohio to finish high school. Six years later, he started at center for the Cleveland Cavaliers and went on to have a solid...

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10% of children have been given a diagnosis for ADHD, and we are all wondering if there is something else we can do besides medication.
New study suggests exercise can help kids with ADHD. ABC GOOD MORNING AMERICA

New study suggests exercise can help kids with ADHD. ABC GOOD MORNING AMERICA

10% of children have been given a diagnosis for ADHD, and we are all wondering if there is something else we can do besides medication.

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A youth sports platform for developing athlete strength, soccer skills, and team spirit. Maximize performance and fun, while minimizing injuries.
Study Says Overspending May Not Equal Higher Performance. ATPEAKSPORTS.COM

Study Says Overspending May Not Equal Higher Performance. ATPEAKSPORTS.COM

A youth sports platform for developing athlete strength, soccer skills, and team spirit. Maximize performance and fun, while minimizing injuries.

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At the end of a long haul, Brad Livingstone and his wife, Jennifer, took its measure. Their schedule had been a “constant grind” for months, ferrying three sons.
Time and money: Parents placing kids in specialized sports do so at a price. THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS

Time and money: Parents placing kids in specialized sports do so at a price. THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS

At the end of a long haul, Brad Livingstone and his wife, Jennifer, took its measure. Their schedule had been a “constant grind” for months, ferrying three sons.

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A recent Journal article got me thinking about sports parenting, my own childhood, and the remarkable amount some mothers and fathers are spending to develop child athletes.
The sports parents backlash. THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

The sports parents backlash. THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

A recent Journal article got me thinking about sports parenting, my own childhood, and the remarkable amount some mothers and fathers are spending to develop child athletes.

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We all want our kids to excel, but the cost of youth athletics can really do some damage to a family budget. Gym fees, private lessons, uniforms, and travel to far-away tournaments can easily run into the thousands of dollars a year.
Time and money: Parents placing kids in specialized sports do so at a price. THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS

Time and money: Parents placing kids in specialized sports do so at a price. THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS

We all want our kids to excel, but the cost of youth athletics can really do some damage to a family budget. Gym fees, private lessons, uniforms, and travel to far-away tournaments can easily run into the thousands of dollars a year.

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When sports psychologist Travis Dorsch set about studying the effect of parental spending on young athletes, he expected to find a positive correlation. After all, recent research suggests that young athletes benefit from parental support.
Study finds that parental spending on kids’ sports may be misguided. THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Study finds that parental spending on kids’ sports may be misguided. THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE

When sports psychologist Travis Dorsch set about studying the effect of parental spending on young athletes, he expected to find a positive correlation. After all, recent research suggests that young athletes benefit from parental support.

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As a parent, you might think that spending big bucks on travel teams and private coaches is helping your child reach his or her athletic potential. However, a study is positing that this strategy is the opposite of helping.
Punter-turned-prof: Kids feel pressure when parents spend a lot on sports. FORBES

Punter-turned-prof: Kids feel pressure when parents spend a lot on sports. FORBES

As a parent, you might think that spending big bucks on travel teams and private coaches is helping your child reach his or her athletic potential. However, a study is positing that this strategy is the opposite of helping.

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Tune in to KNRS on I Heart Radio, to hear a podcast on parents in organized youth sport.
Parents in organized youth sport. KNRS SALT LAKE CITY

Parents in organized youth sport. KNRS SALT LAKE CITY

Tune in to KNRS on I Heart Radio, to hear a podcast on parents in organized youth sport.

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Softball coach Dan Higgs didn't know what to say to a player who repeatedly confided something to him: "I don't even want to play anymore, but my family says this is my only ticket to college. I don't know how to tell my dad I don't want to play."
USU Study: Kids’ satisfaction in sports often less when parents spend more. DESERET NEWS

USU Study: Kids’ satisfaction in sports often less when parents spend more. DESERET NEWS

Softball coach Dan Higgs didn't know what to say to a player who repeatedly confided something to him: "I don't even want to play anymore, but my family says this is my only ticket to college. I don't know how to tell my dad I don't want to play."