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

Posted in Guest Authors, Injuries, 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.


Lessons from Inside Out Coaching

Posted in MBSC News, Random Thoughts, 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, Updates, Training, Youth Training with tags on June 18, 2012 by mboyle1959

Travis Heller from my 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.

Testing Young Athletes?

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

I got this question on my 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:
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

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 . My friend Michelle Amidon from USA Hockey ( an ADM rep) always sends me great stuff like this. Take a minute and read it.

More Evidence Against Early Specialization

Posted in Random Thoughts, 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.

The Genius in All of Us

Posted in Random Thoughts, Training, Youth Training with tags , , , , , , , , on March 14, 2012 by mboyle1959

David Schenk’s The Genius in All of Us may be the best of the “success” books. I have spent parts of the last 12 months reading Outliers , Talent Code, Talent is Overrated   and finally Genius in All of Us.

The interesting thing about my year-long study of success is that all roads have led to the same place. The conclusion of all of these works points to one word. Passion. All of these books debunk the myth of giftedness and genetic talent. The evidence is clear that as Geoff Colvin wrote talent is overrated. I must admit to being skeptical but after approximately one thousand pages I now understand.

I have read so much on the topic that I might accidentally plagiarize.  I will try not to. Passion is the special sauce the makes the succeeder. Succeeder is not even a word but it defines the successful person.

The message of all these authors is nearly identical in the final analysis. You can’t create passion but, you may ignite in it in your child by creating the correct environment.  From a parental standpoint passion can be nurtured but not forced. Passion is almost fleeting, ephemeral. Some have it, some don’t. Maybe it exists on a bell shaped curve, I do not know for sure. I only know that it is the common theme of all these books, the thread that ties all these success tomes together.

The other theme that arises in all books in one way or another is Anders Ericson’s concept of deliberate practice. Not just practice but, deliberate practice. The passionate seem to be able to perform deliberate practice or as it is alternately referred to deep practice.  Schenk describes deliberate practice as “not inherently enjoyable’ and as “not the repetition of already attained skills but repeated attempts to reach beyond ones current level”. Schenk goes on to note that these attempts are “associated with frequent failure”. (P 55)

The other concept that appears in all of these works is the ten thousand hour concept. The idea is that mastery of an area will take ten thousand hours of this previously-mentioned deliberate practice. Schenk makes a point to note that “surfing the net is not deliberate practice”. It is important to state that ten thousand hours is equal to three hours a day for more than ten years. The concept might explain why so many of us seem to arrive on the strength and conditioning scene in our forties. The reality is that ten thousand hours may take twenty years to accumulate. Even more significant is that ten thousand hours is not a guarantee of success, only a common thread. (P57)

Shenk also goes on to say that ‘finding ones true natural limit in any field takes many years and many thousands of hours of intense pursuit”. (P 58) He makes us realize how few of us have explored our true limits as coaches or as athletes. In fact, many athletic careers may not last long enough for mastery.

The lesson is sports, particularly for youth sport parents is go to practice. Practice, at least good practice, has the capacity to make change. Games on the other hand allow for too little exposure to the vital skills needed to succeed.

All page references above are from Genius in All of Us.


Don’t Give Up on Your Kids!

Posted in Guest Authors, Hockey, Media, Training, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags , , on January 8, 2012 by mboyle1959

This is a great story for all the sport parents that we all know. Please share it. Parents are constantly told that if there child is not on the best team, in the best league etc. that they will never make it. It’s just not true. However, the people that want you to spend your money want you to believe it is.–and-rewarding–for-flames-glencross

Repetition vs Repetitions- Training Youth Athletes

Posted in Guest Authors, Updates, Training, Youth Training with tags , , on August 24, 2011 by mboyle1959

My friend Anthony Donskov wrote this article for a few weeks ago. I liked it so much we added it as a free article so more people could read it. Take a second and have a look.

Repetition vs Repetitions: Training Youth Athletes