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Youth Sports: Still Failing Our Kids - How to Really Fix It

By Lynn Campbell on 5/16/2017

Youth Sports Still Failing Our KidsBob Bigelow, former college and NBA player, has advocated for youth sports reform for over 25 years, conducting hundreds of community talks, and making numerous conference and media appearances since 1990. He co-authored Just Let the Kids Play (2001), the first book to identify that youth sports “systems” are the root cause of the many problems children face in simply enjoying and learning as they grow. This first book offered practical ways to restructure youth programs to better serve the physical and emotional needs of children. Bob’s recommendations included limiting (and even eliminating) elite traveling teams at young ages, promoting equal playing time, creating team parity, implementing shorter seasons to avoid burnout and overuse injuries, playing multiple sports for better long-term athletic development, recognizing some kids are later bloomers who shouldn’t get left out, and improving coach training and parent education. Bob also introduced his unique “Recess Model&rdqu ...

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Juggling After-School Activities: A Guide for Parents

By Rich Campbell on 9/27/2016

tournament management best practicesWhile parents want their children to be well-rounded individuals and try to provide as many opportunities for them as they can, it can be more than a little tricky to juggle everyone’s schedules and after-school activities. Between sports and other extracurricular activities, dinner, housework, homework, bath, and bedtime, parents and children rarely have time for anything else, and sometimes they don’t even have time for all of that. If you’re searching for an answer to the after-school juggling routine, you may find some of our tips helpful for making it all work.

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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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Sports Website Cleanup Checklist

By Paul Langhorst on 4/26/2016

sports website design resourcesIf you are tasked with cleaning up a sports website, there are 6 key areas that will give your sports website a fresh new look with the minimum effort and time involved.  We have compiled these sports website design resources into a 1-page Sports Website Cleanup Checklist which you can download here.  Your website is the front door to your organization and should be warm, friendly and welcoming. It's often not necessary to make a complete service provider change in order to get the new look you want. Download our Sports Website Cleanup Checklist and start making your changes today! 

 

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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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4 Tips from the NCAA Basketball Tournament for Youth Sports Leaders

By Paul Langhorst on 3/21/2016

NCAA basketball tournament management tipsHere's a tip off...there are a least 4 key tournament management tips that youth sports leaders can learn from the 2016 NCAA basketball tournament. 

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Effective Management Strategies for Youth Sports Leaders - Get the Free Book Now

By Paul Langhorst on 3/8/2016

If you are new to managing a youth sports organization or a veteran, implementing effective management strategies and techniques is essential to operating and growing your organization.  Volunteer leaders often feel overwhelmed given work and other life commitments. A youth sports leader may wear many hats: leader, finance wizard, grounds crew, weather forecaster, cook and peacemaker - all in the same day. As online sports management service providers, we feel your pain. Let us help you through the process with our aptly named free ebook "Effective Management Strategies for Youth Sports Leaders.”

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Youth Sports Participation Statistics and Trends:

By Paul Langhorst on 3/8/2016

Youth sports participation statistics compiled since 2009 show significant losses and gains across a wide spectrum of sports.  The best available data stems from a multi year tracking study done by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association from 2009 to 2014 which is presented and discussed herein. 

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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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