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youth sports

September 13, 2016

Poll: How do club/travel programs impact young athletes?

In August, Coach and Athletic Director asked readers what kind of impact they believe club and travel sports programs have on young athletes. Here are the results of our poll, along with some of the comments. • We are placing too much emphasis...


September 7, 2016

Delaware expands concussion law to athletes outside of schools

Delaware kids who participate in recreation, club and youth sports organizations will now be subject to the same concussion guidelines as those participating in school-sponsored athletics. Gov. Jack Markell signed the bill on Tuesday, expanding o...


August 8, 2016

Profane rant gets youth baseball coach banned

A California youth baseball coach has been banned by the U.S. Amateur Baseball Federation after a profanity-laced tirade toward an umpire was caught on film. [caption id="attachment_17214" align="alignright" width="278"] Screenshot via CBS 8[/capt...


July 12, 2016

Study finds concussions have doubled among U.S. kids

A recent study has found that concussions are on the rise among U.S. kids and teens. The study, presented Sunday at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's annual meeting, concluded that concussions during adolescence may be more c...


November 19, 2015

Survey: Should youth athletes be given participation trophies?

In October, Coach and Athletic Director asked readers whether participation trophies should be awarded to youth athletes, an act that some feel has created a culture of entitlement among kids. Here are the results of the survey along with some of th...


September 22, 2015

Mike Matheny’s letter to parents

* This excerpt, published originally at MikeMatheny.com, is from St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny's book, The Matheny Manifesto. This letter was written in 2009 to a group of parents who wanted him to coach a youth team. Here, he outlined the...


August 17, 2015

James Harrison voices opposition to ‘participation trophies’

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison doesn't believe in "participation trophies," a fact made abundantly clear this weekend when he forced his kids to return a couple of awards they brought home from a sports competition. Harrison said vi...


May 7, 2015

‘Friday Night Tykes’ sets third season in Pennsylvania

The Esquire Network is bringing Friday Night Tykes back for another season, this time set in western Pennsylvania. [caption id="attachment_12011" align="alignright" width="256"] Plans were announced for a third season of Esquire Network's Friday ...