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3 Keys to Managing a Youth Sports Tournament

By Paul Langhorst on 5/19/2016

tournament management best practicesThe keys to managing a great youth sport tournament are not as complex as you might think. To help peel back this onion, we reached out to Tim Brownlee, president of Diamond Sports Promotions to get his thoughts. Diamond Sports Promotions (DSP) was started in 2005 and is based in Normal, IL, which is located in the heart of Illinois about 2 hours from St. Louis. DSP runs about 70 high-school aged tournaments per year encompassing 800 to 1000 teams per year.  DSP is a very busy and well run program, and while their focus is baseball, their approach to running tournaments applies well to all youth sports. 

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Youth Sports Injury Statistics and Resources

By Paul Langhorst on 5/5/2016

current youth sports injury statisticsCurrent youth sports injury statistics and resources suggest that the overall youth sports injury rate hovers around 1%, with an injury resulting in an ER visit.  However, if you read today's headlines and listen to the pundits you might get the impression that following a youth sports game, that all the players (and some of the coaches and ref's) are in the hospital.  Well, that is certainly hardly the case and could not be farther from the facts. In this blog post we present several youth sports facts below, which we feel help point to some key sources of injury and a better understanding of youth sports injury. 

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New Recommendations for Youth Sports Strength Training

By Paul Langhorst on 5/5/2016

Recommendations for youth sports strength training are affected by the debate for and against that exists among the medical community, sports community and parenting community.  The argument against strength training, especially for kids under 12 years old holds that strength training, especially weight lifting, will damage growth plates causing injury and abnormal bone development. More recent studies suggest strength training, if done properly, has significant benefits including improved performance and resistance to injury. In this post we present more details on these arguments and specific recommendations from the Council of Youth Sports and Medical Fitness.

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6 Key Suggestions for Parents Attending Sports Practice

By Paul Langhorst on 4/6/2016

Tips for parents attending sports practicesMany coaches and association leaders look to share useful parents do's and don'ts at youth sports practice to help create a better practice environment. The challenge is sharing such sports parent behavior tips in a supportive and no accusatory tone.  We  have gleaned tips from experts and resources across the web to come up with some of the most useful tips for parent do's and don'ts as youth sports practices. If you have more, we'd love to hear your comments and suggestions.  

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Listing of Youth Sports Tournament Locator/Finder Websites

By Paul Langhorst on 3/28/2016

When looking for a listing of youth sports tournaments, the easiest thing to do is start with an internet search but there are also many other ways to find great tournaments.  

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Is Youth Baseball Too Boring for Today's Kids?

By Paul Langhorst on 2/22/2016
How to make baseball less boringYouth baseball is losing young players and some feel that it is because youth baseball is too boring for today's kids. Nationally youth baseball participation has declined 4.3% from 2009 to 2014, according to a tracking study by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SIFA).  Contrasted with tackle football, which has declined a whopping 17.9% over the same period, baseball's decline looks comparably shallow. Football with its concussion and injury issues is perhaps more understandable, but baseball? Our national pastime?  Why would youth baseball show such a decline?  Is the pace of play and nature of the game turning kids off?  
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Improving Parent & Coach Behavior - Q & A with John O'Sullivan, Founder, Changing the Game Project

By Paul Langhorst on 11/5/2015

sports parenting resourcesJohn O’ Sullivan is on a mission to improve parent, coach, and player behavior at youth sporting events with a goal of putting the “play” back in “play ball.”  Today’s headlines are filled with stories of parents, coaches and players doing unthinkable things on the sidelines, in the stands and on the field making John’s mission, now mission critical. Engage Sports caught up with Changing the Game Project founder, John O' Sullivan to ask questions on how the program started and what it takes to become a great coach and parent. Let's get started...

 

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