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Is Coaching Your Own Child a Good Idea?

Coaching Sports to Your Children

Posted by Jodi Murphy
Some sports parents would jump at the chance to coach their own youth athletes. After all, they spend plenty of time playing catch or tossing balls for batting practice in the backyard and are at every game already, how much harder is it to be the actual coach? But before you dive headfirst into the world of parent-coaches here are four questions you should ask yourself.

Are you sure you won’t be biased?

A lot of parents decide to become parent-coaches because it’s a great way to spend more time with their youth athlete. Any sports parent can tell you that athletics takes up a huge chunk of their child’s free time so if you can’t beat ‘em, coach ‘em! But it’s important to remember that you aren’t just coaching your own child—you’ve got a dozen other kids to look out for as well. You need to make sure that every player is getting the attention they need to learn the fundamental skills of the sport and succeed as individuals and as a team. Just because you’re the coach that doesn’t automatically mean your child is the center of the team!

Is Coaching Your Own Child a Good Idea?

It’s also important to make sure that you don’t let your own player get away with behavior that their teammates would get called out for. If missing a practice means losing playing time that rule has to apply to everyone—including the coach’s kid.

Will you expect perfection?

On the other side of things—in an attempt to make sure they aren’t unduly favoring their own child, some parent-coaches put extra pressure on their own youth athlete to excel and be perfect on the field/court. While it’s important you don’t let your own player get preferential treatment, it’s easy to swing too far in the other direction as well. Some players might thrive as the “coach’s kid” because they want to be a leader on their team but others might feel like you are unfairly singling them out or expecting more from them than their teammates. Just because you’re the coach that doesn’t automatically mean you child is going to be a superstar athlete and it isn’t fair to expect them to turn into one overnight just because you decided to take over as coach.

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Can you “turn off” your coach mentality?

As a parent-coach it’s important to remember that you are equal parts parent and coach. When you go home after a disappointing game are you going to strategize like a coach and run a play-by-play of everything that went wrong or are you going to put your parent hat back on and let it go? Think about some of the crazy coaches you had in your own sports career—would you have wanted to live with them?! A good parent-coach needs to be able to switch back and forth between the two roles as needed.

Do you actually know the rules of the game?

Most youth sports organizations are always on the hunt for volunteers and while enthusiasm can take you a long way a little knowledge can’t hurt either! Typically the best youth sports coaches are going to be the ones that understand the rules and fundamentals of the game so they can actually coach their team! Remember, you aren’t just coaching your own child—you’re responsible for the athletic development of a dozen or so other kids! It’s a big responsibility and an important factor to consider.

Becoming a parent-coach can change the dynamics between you and your youth athlete dramatically, so before you sign up to coach your daughter’s soccer team or your son’s lacrosse team it’s probably worth talking to them about it. Are they going to be comfortable with you as their coach? Your 5 year old probably won’t care but as your kids get older and they start to take sports more seriously their opinion should count for something.


As a full time soccer coach personally I would say no for one reason only.
Kids see the game differently to their coach. Accordingly, for what ever reason if ‘Little Jimmy‘ has a poor game but you decide to still select him for whatever reason for the next game then usually no problem.
However if the same scenario involves your own son then immediately the other playerds will view this simply as favoring ‘Teachers Pet‘ and it will be the lad who suffers.

Posted @ Friday, January 04, 2013 11:56 AM by dennis


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Holiday Gift Ideas for Athletes

Last Minute Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Youth Athletes

Holiday Gifts for Athletes

Holiday Gifts for Athletes

LocalSportsReviews.com “high-fives” the sports gift ideas for the holidays to support and encourage your friends and family activities.  How about adding to the list activities/ gifts for you and your children, partner or friends to play together?   Maybe you both sign up for a 5K or yoga classes?  Way to go.  Play Forward!

What are your favorite sports gifts ideas?

Posted by Jodi Murphy

Christmas is just around the corner and unless you’re the kind of sports parent that likes to buy presents months in advance, chances are you’ve got some last minute shopping to do! If you’ve got a youth athlete (or two or three…) still on your to-buy list here are a few last minute stocking stuffer ideas:

Athletic Socks

Now most kids will moan and groan at the thought of getting socks for the holidays, but athletic sock are a totally different story! A great pair of athletic socks can help keep your athlete’s feet drier with moisture wicking fabric, add a little extra cushioning to help absorb hard impacts and even contain anti-microbial technology that helps prevent the growth of odor-causing bacteria (making their gear bag and your car smell a lot better!) These aren’t just socks, they’re science!

Last Minute Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Youth Athletes

New Sport Earbuds

If your son or daughter likes running (maybe they are thinking about joining their junior high cross country team!) or biking than a new pair of earbuds specifically designed for athletic use is a great stocking stuffer. Sport earbuds are designed to stay in place even when you’re really moving and are usually sweat and water resistant so they won’t get ruined easily.

A Personal Coaching Session

Okay, so maybe this one isn’t really a stocking stuffer per se, but if your youth athlete wants to get a little more serious about their game (maybe they are looking to join a high powered travel team) you might consider getting them a few one-on-one lessons with a personal coach. Maybe you can book a few hours with a batting instructor or sign your hockey player up for a one-day goalie camp. Spending some one-on-one time with a personal coach means your child gets all the attention and gets to work on their game without any distractions.

Tickets to a Professional Game

There is almost nothing cooler than being a youth athlete and getting to see the “real thing” live and in person, especially if you are die-hard fan. It’s also a great time to have some fun yourself! Tickets to professional sporting events can get expensive, but maybe you can snag tickets to a local college game for a lot less and still give your youth athlete the whole experience. Who knows—maybe they’ll be able to picture themselves playing under the same lights one day!

New Gear

We all know that sports gear can get very expensive very quickly. That’s why it’s usually a good idea to buy second hand gear if your child is just starting out in sports. A-they’ll grow out of it in a season and B-you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on new equipment for football only to have them decide they’d rather play hockey and skip football next year! But if your youth athlete has settled down and clearly has a favorite sport (or maybe even one for each season) than it might be worthwhile investing in a great piece of gear for the upcoming season.


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Is Bowling a Sport? See Comedian Jim Gaffin’s take vs. Bowlingdigital.com

Bowling a Sport?

Bowling a Sport?

See Jim Gaffin’s take…

Is bowling a sport, recreation or business? Yes! By Mark Miller



Republished courtesy of Examiner.com (July 16, 2010)

20100717SeanRashatIBE2010.jpgThe age-old question of whether bowling is a sport, recreation or business may finally have been definitively answered June 27-July 1 at International Bowl Expo 2010 in Las Vegas.

Pro bowler Sean Rash (left) was part of the mix of sport and business at International Bowl Expo. Photo Mark Miller

After years of arguing that it had to be one or the other, it was apparent to the thousands in attendance that bowling indeed is all of them together. And that seemed okay to the many experts there.

“We promote bowling as a sport, entertainment and business,” Brunswick President of Bowling Products Brent Perrier told the Bowling Writers’ Association of America. “It’s all three.”

While it’s clear bowling is a sport at the Professional Bowlers Association, collegiate, high school and Junior Gold levels, the line becomes a bit foggy beyond that. Even league bowlers associated with the United States Bowling Congress consider themselves to be recreational as often as competitive.

“The sport of bowling is evolving, spreading out if you will,” USBC Managing Director of Media Pete Tredwell said during a BWAA panel discussion where the question was asked if bowling is becoming more entertainment than sport. “The purest level is PBA which is separating from the league and recreational base.”

“If you want to be a successful sport on TV, it has to be entertaining,” said Professional Bowlers Association Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Tom Clark. “A taped series, a made for TV event, is that a sport? The Chris Paul event was a made-for-TV event but they were playing our sport.”

“We as bowlers are sensitive to anything that we think demeans our sport,” said Las Vegas Review-Journal sportswriter and bowling columnist Jeff Wolf. “We get sensitive because we are slighted so often.”

“To me, sport is entertainment,” said Bowlers Journal Executive Editor Jim Dressel.

So with all the talk about the sport, recreation and business of bowling all being good, where does the industry go from here? At Strike Zone at Sunset Station in Henderson, Nev., it’s a little bit of everything.

“Our property is so big we can do both the sport and recreation of bowling,” said Jim Welch, general manager of the 72-lane facility. “We can have a birthday party on one end and a tournament on the other. Sometimes we’ve done the ultimate multitasking. We’ll have five different events going at the same time.”

That’s a good mix according to retired USBC Chief Executive Officer and author Roger Dalkin who said he noticed a subtle move toward more entertainment-based exhibitors at the Bowl Expo Trade Show.

“The industry has to be careful that it doesn’t go too much entertainment because then you are dealing with people who go on a whim,” Dalkin said. “Look at the Main Event places in Texas. They never had a league when they opened and now they are starting to look for leagues.”

As Disney’s Mike Reardon said in the Disney Institute‘s Approach to Business Excellence seminar, people no longer are coming to bowling centers just to bowl.

“Walt Disney told us, and it’s still true today that recreation and entertainment are not luxuries in this society or people will go nuts,” Reardon said. “Look for ways to expand what you already do and who you are.”

By that definition, centers that combine the sport, recreation and business of bowling should be able succeed quite well.

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How Do Local Sports Become Olympic Sports? | Local Sports News

Stephanie Marrello, program co-ordinator at the YMCA of Niagara and a former lifesaving coach, said she believes the lifeguard skill competition will one day be an Olympic sport. Its governing body is recognized by the International Olympic Committee and was featured as a demonstration sport in 1900. (MATT DAY/Niagara Fals Review)

Stephanie Marrello, program co-ordinator at the YMCA of Niagara and a former lifesaving coach, said she believes the lifeguard skill competition will one day be an Olympic sport. Its governing body is recognized by the International Olympic Committee and was featured as a demonstration sport in 1900. (MATT DAY/Niagara Falls Review)

If table tennis is an Olympic sport, why isn’t racquetball?

The list of sports at the 2012 London Summer Games have some people scratching their heads as to whether or not they are gold-medal worthy.

“I think the sports need to be updated a bit,” said Kim Luciani, who could be seen at the MacBain Community Centre in Niagara Falls along with her husband, Denis, playing racquetball. “Some of those sports have been in there too long.”

Events such as water polo, equestrian, and shooting have been featured at the Summer Games for more than a century and some sports enthusiasts said they believe it’s time to make room for some other events.

It’s not as easy as it sounds to have your sport be added to the Olympics.

First it must be represented by an international governing body and in turn recognized by the International Olympic Committee.

The decision whether or not to include an event in future Games is then voted on, but the IOC has put a limit on the number of sports (28), events (300) and athletes (10,000).

This year’s Olympics feature 26 sports with the discontinuation of baseball and softball, but the number jumps back up to 28 for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with the IOC approving the addition of rugby and the reinstatement of golf — the first time since 1904.

“It’s good to see it back in the Olympics. I don’t know if it will hold as much precedence as a major tournament would, but it’s good for the sport,” said Darrell Thompson, a member of the Canadian Professional Golfers’ Association and an associate professional at Legends on the Niagara.

He said he believes the golf event at the next Summer Olympics will have a larger audience base than some of the other sports currently featured.

“Archery and aquatics have been around for centuries, so it’s good to spice things up to keep people interested,” Thompson said.

Stephanie Marrello said she’d like to see her sport, lifesaving — similar to a lifeguard skill competition — featured not only as a demonstration sport like it was in Paris in 1900, but as a full event.

Marrello, who used to be a lifesaving coach in Alberta before moving to Niagara to take a job at the YMCA as a program co-ordinator, said her sport faces the same challenge triathlon did before being included in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

“The popularity of the sport needs to grow,” she said.

For a sport or discipline to be considered for inclusion, it must be widely practised in at least 75 countries spread over four continents.

“It will be something to see in the future,” she said. “A lot of people doing the sport are ex-swimmers from national levels with all kinds of aquatic backgrounds … The key for us right now is promotion.”


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Sports recognized by the IOC

• Billiards

• Bowling

• Chess

• Cricket

• Dance sport

• Karate

• Orienteering

• Polo

• Roller Sports

• Sport climbing

• Sumo

• Surfing

• Tug of war

What local sport would you add to the Olympics?

How sports get recognized by the Olympics | Local | News | Niagara Falls Review.


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