Archive for the Youth Training Category

The Rising Cost of Youth Sports in Money and Emotion

Posted in Media, Training, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags on January 22, 2015 by mboyle1959

Another good article on the sporting version of the Race to Nowhere from the NY Times.

Fun fact. Pat Aufiero of Winchester, Ma ( former MBSC clients and husband of current MBSC client Meghan) sent me this article. Quoted in the article is MBSC client and noted youth sports expert Bob Bigelow ( also of Winchester and father of MBSC staff member Steve Bigelow). How’s that for one degree of separation.

The Rising Cost of Youth Sports, in Money and Emotion

Another Vote Against Early Specialization

Posted in Guest Authors, Training, Youth Training with tags , on January 17, 2015 by mboyle1959

This a really well written piece.

The Race to Nowhere in Youth Sports.

I know I’ve posted about this topic a lot but, we are still losing the battle. Be a parent. Stand up for what is right. Make hard decisions. Don’t follow the crowd and listen to some clown who only sees your wallet.

Should a Ten Year Old Change Teams?

Posted in Guest Authors, Hockey, Training, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags on January 15, 2015 by mboyle1959

Here’s a great answer on whether your ten year old needs to move to a “high level” from USA Hockey’s ADM courtesy of Ken Martel. Before you read it, here’s my two cents. If your child is happy and improving, don’t do anything.

Should My Ten Year Old Switch Teams?

 

 

Great Follow up Video on Full Ice Hockey

Posted in Hockey, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags on December 31, 2014 by mboyle1959

Take a few minutes and watch this “full ice” video from USA Hockey before you demand that your kid play in a “real game”.

Full Ice?

Cross Ice Hockey Is Better for Kids.

Posted in Random Thoughts, Training, Youth Training on December 28, 2014 by mboyle1959

Parents hate cross ice hockey. It’s not a “real game”. The kids don’t follow the rules ( no icing, no off sides ) etc. etc. Guess what, parents are not very smart. Every good coach I know is a cross ice fan ( I know that list does not necessarily include your sons current full ice coach).

You know what happens in cross ice hockey? Kids touch the puck ( a lot), kids score goals. kids have fun.

Here’s a great read from Ferris State Coach Bob Daniels on Cross Ice Hockey

PS- If you are not a cross ice fan, just imagine having a conversation with another parent about your current field of expertise ( accounting, law, medicine, manufacturing) and that parent acting like they knew all about your field. Guess what, that’s what you sound like when you talk to a real hockey coach about hockey. Watching your local pro team does not make you a hockey expert any more than shopping at CVS makes you an expert on medicine.

Read Coach by Michael Lewis

Posted in Random Thoughts, Training, Youth Training with tags , on December 26, 2014 by mboyle1959

Anyone who has read my posts on coaching, parenting, or early specialization will really enjoy Coach by Michael Lewis. Coach ( subtitled Lessons on the Game of Life) is about Lewis’s ( Moneyball, The Blind Side, Liars Poker) high school baseball coach but really is a microcosm of todays youth sports world. I’d put it on my Must Read list. At 91 pages you can finish it in an hour.

This quote from Coach Fitzgerald ( our protagonist) sums it up

“Look, he said . All this is about a false sense of self esteem. It’s now bestowed on kids at birth. It’s not earned. If I were to jump al over you today, you would be deeply offended. You would not get that I cared about you”

 

Read Coach.

Are You Filling Buckets?

Posted in Random Thoughts, Strength Coach Podcast, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training, Training Females, Youth Training on December 15, 2014 by mboyle1959

I wrote this in 2012 for StrengthCoach.com, it’s based on a kids book called Have You Filled a Bucket Today? Are you filling or dipping?

 

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