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Awesome Article on What D1 Lacrosse Coaches Do With Their Own Kids

Posted in Guest Authors, Injuries, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags , , on April 30, 2014 by mboyle1959

Nothing is more telling than what we do as a parent. I have said this over and over. We need to lead our kids ( and maybe force them) in the right direction.

In my case my 14 year old daughter plays ice hockey at a national level but plays soccer, has competed in Judo ( Mass State Champ at age 10) as well as swimming and diving. I am just now letting her specialize in her chosen sport, ice hockey.

My 9 year old plays ice hockey, baseball, lacrosse and has done swimming, flag football and soccer.

Take a look at what Division 1 Lacrosse coaches do with their kids.

Thanks to Chris Leavy for this one.

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Lessons from Inside Out Coaching

Posted in MBSC News, Random Thoughts, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags , , , , on August 27, 2012 by mboyle1959

If you coach athletes, you absolutely have to read Inside Out Coaching. We just spent over $300 on twenty copies for our entire staff and I’ll tell you it will be worth it. The insight we gain as a staff will pay that money back many times over.  Author Joe Ehrmann is an ex-NFL player who teaches and preaches what he calls Transformational Coaching. The book is filled with great lines like “sports don’t build character unless a coach possesses character and intentionally teaches it“. That was on page 13. Over the next week we’ll explore more gems from Inside Out Coaching.

Another Great Story about Good parenting and Late Specialization

Posted in Random Thoughts, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training, Youth Training with tags on June 18, 2012 by mboyle1959

Travis Heller from my StrengthCoach.com site was nice enough to share this article on Baltimore Oriole Ryan Flaherty and his Dad. Great story and even better the day after Fathers Day.

http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120613&content_id=33225732&vkey=news_bal&c_id=bal

Testing Young Athletes?

Posted in MBSC News, Random Thoughts, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags on June 14, 2012 by mboyle1959

I got this question on my StrengthCoach.com Forum. I thought the answer might benefit some non-members who read this blog.

Question ( from a member)- I want to put a simple testing battery together to track progress and use as retention tool. This would be for 13 and under.

I was thinking of the following:
Height
Weight
10m sprint
Push ups (1min)
Squats (1min)
Chin ups

Answer – Just FYI. Test if you want to discourage business. Kids don’t want testing, parents do. Kids want to have fun and get better in a nonjudgmental environment.

I am 100% convinced that a huge part of our success at MBSC is that we don’t test. We have continued to grow our business while many of the “improve your 40 time or get your money back” places have closed down. Hate to sound too touchy-feely but this business is much more about building community and self esteem than about test results. The sooner we get that the more successful we will be.

Early Specialization for Hockey

Posted in Guest Authors, Hockey, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags , on April 4, 2012 by mboyle1959

I know many of you might think I’m beating a dead horse and maybe I am but I am going to continue to publish the evidence. Check out this article from a website called Active for Life

http://www.activeforlife.ca/april-2012/are-complete-athletes-really-the-best-hockey-players

The subjects of the study were members of the Canadian Junior National Team this year. The average age of specialization was 14. In my neighborhood it seems to be about 9.

More Great Reasons Not to Specialize

Posted in Guest Authors, Media, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags , , , on March 30, 2012 by mboyle1959

I really like this post from Brook De Lench of momsteam.com . My friend Michelle Amidon from USA Hockey ( an ADM rep) always sends me great stuff like this. Take a minute and read it.

http://www.momsteam.com/successful-parenting/seven-reasons-against-specializing-in-a-single-sport-and-travel-team-play-at-ea

More Evidence Against Early Specialization

Posted in Random Thoughts, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags , , on March 20, 2012 by mboyle1959

If you regularly read this blog you know how I feel kids specializing in one sport too early. I continue to search out the best athletes and find their stories. I can tell you that it is rare that I find a professional athlete who says “my parents pushed me to choose one sport and that is why I am here today”. This is a great read on Jacoby Ellsbury and is more evidence that great athletes are mutli-sport athletes first.

http://www.news-press.com/article/20120318/SPRINGTRAINING/303180051/Ellsbury-once-athlete-all-seasons