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April 25, 2017

Video: Parent takes seat on team bench, is kicked off by coach

We're accustomed to seeing parents berate coaches from the stands, but actually taking a seat on the team bench during a game to voice a complaint takes some guts. The video below was posted on Twitter by Rivals.com national basketball analyst Er...


April 24, 2017

Study highlights pressure in youth sports

A new study examining youth sports takes a close look at the pressure kids face and how it contributes to declining participation. Yellowbrick in Illinois surveyed 1,000 Americans to get a sense of how the pressure to succeed in youth sports has...


April 21, 2017

The challenges of a ‘no-cut policy’ in athletics

Coaches at Kennedy High School (Iowa) discuss the district's no-cut policy and the challenges it creates within their programs. https://youtu.be/e_LfeRe6f5k...


April 20, 2017

Team captains must not be normal

We expect captains to hold teammates accountable and unite players at difficult junctures of the season, but that’s not what makes them remarkable leaders — that’s just doing their jobs. To be special, team captains must go above and beyond the...


April 19, 2017

Ankle braces add comfort, confidence for athletes of all ages

{Sponsored} Anna Church started playing volleyball at 8 years old. By age 13, she recognized the need for ankle protection and turned to Active Ankle® braces for support. Over the course of a ten-year — and counting — volleyball career, Churc...


April 19, 2017

Iowa State coach warns recruits about profane tweets

A coach with Iowa State's football program is warning recruits to watch what they say on social media. DK McDonald, the team's defensive backs coach, took to Twitter recently to say that the university walked away from a recruiting target after s...


April 18, 2017

The dangers of elitism with youth, high school athletes

The dark side of youth and high school sports occurs in the shadows. The root cause is “elitism” — the marketing of 9-year-old players as “all stars,” the parental boasting of their kid's talent, and the social validation children receiv...


April 18, 2017

Poll: Are no-cut policies good for athletic programs?

In March, Coach and Athletic Director asked readers whether they believed high schools should have a no-cut policy in their athletic programs. Some schools use the policy to allow all students the opportunity to participate in sports, while others b...


April 17, 2017

Crafting basketball plays to maximize talent

A lot of us have been there. You watch videos, read books or attend clinics to improve your coaching knowledge. You pick up some play or pattern you really like. You take notes, redraw your diagrams and look down proudly at the nugget that could put ...


April 13, 2017

Study: Individual-sport athletes suffer more overuse injuries

A new study published this week concluded that individual-sport athletes who specialize suffer more overuse injuries than those who play team sports. The study, published in The Physician and Sportsmedicine, concluded that young athletes who ...