Nineteen Tips for Planning Your Youth Sport Season.

Every coach, every sport has different seasons.

They have different lengths
Some have weekly competitions, some twice a week
There are sports that last six weeks and sports that last a year.
Some coaches have a lot of control over the athletes
And some coaches have almost no control.

Planning varies by sport, …

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World Cup, Brazil Collapse and Youth Sports. How to Prevent Your Team from Doing the Same

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This years World Cup has brought a soccer fever to the US. More people are watching it and talking about it than ever before. I’m wondering if it will have a boost on US youth soccer programs (probably) or professional soccer attendance (probably not).
What has …

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Moving Warm-ups for Youth Sports

Moving Warm-ups for Youth Sports

I play basketball on most Saturdays. Today was pretty brutal with lots of running and jumping with a bunch of guys who are younger, faster and more skilled. It’s frustrating but always fun and a great workout.
I like to observe myself during the game. My …

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Youth Sports: Partner Running Drills to Develop Agility and Individual Skills

Youth Sports: Partner Running Drills to Develop Agility and Individual Skills

When I watch youth sport teams such as football, basketball, and baseball workout, most teams do a lot of running.
They run a warm-up lap, then they typically do sprints at the end of practice.
The kids are encouraged to go fast and compete. But I don’t …

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Seven Types of Strength Training for Youth Sports: Part Two: Practical

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Yesterday’s post was about different types of strength training that can be used in a youth sports program. I believe that all youth sports teams should do some type of strength training and so should PE programs. It’s needed not only for the success of …

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Seven Types of Strength for Youth Athletes: Part One: Theroretical

Seven Types of Strength for Youth Athletes: Part One: Theroretical

Recently, I’ve been experimenting with doing different types of strength training on myself.
When I started lifting weights in high school and college, a typical workout was a basic body building workout. It was pretty much taken from Muscle and Fitness and it looked like:
1. A …

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Youth Sport Conditioning: When Is The Best Time to Sprint in Practice?

Youth Sport Conditioning: When Is The Best Time to Sprint in Practice?

Sprinting is an integral part of most youth sports. Being able to run fast is crucial for football, baseball, basketball and soccer.
Even in volleyball, sprinting is important, though it’s not part of the game.
And long distance and cross-country runners need to sprint. And swimmers need to …

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The One Thing All Youth Sport Practices Need to Be

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At different stages of my coaching career I would have said different things for how practices should be.

At 19 I would have said practices need to be tough.
At 25 I would have said practices need to be instructional.
At 35 I would have said practices should have …

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Five Tips for Dryland Programs for Swimmers

I’m a big fan of dryland programs for swimmers of all ages. Swimming is a great sport but not all athletes get the benefits from it. If kids don’t have the skills to press on the water or the core strength to stay aligned then …

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How to Catch Like Jerry Rice: A Progression for Teaching Football Catching Skills

How to Catch Like Jerry Rice: A Progression for Teaching Football Catching Skills

Some coaches think that being able to catch is a genetic skill; you either have it or you don’t.
Or that if you just throw the ball enough, kids will improve and be able to catch. I disagree.
I believe that catching a ball (specifically, a football though …

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