Reading youth sports sites is probably something you think you don’t have time for as a busy sports parent.
But while you’re waiting for practice to end or waiting for the game to start, take a few minutes to check the latest on these 5 youth sports sites (after you’ve read JBM Thinks of course!) I’ve handpicked them because they offer positive, helpful information to sports parents. After four years of blogging about youth sports, I’ve read a lot of what’s out there, and I picked these five simply because I feel we are on the same page when it comes to youth sports.
I love it when I find youth sports sites who agree with me when it comes to making youth sports a positive experience. I know some sites who feel we are competing against one another. But with 35 million kids playing youth sports, I think the more positive and helpful voices, the better! We cannot hope to make a dent in this youth sports culture unless we work together.
Youth Sports Sites
John O’Sullivan founded the Changing the Game Project in 2012 after two decades as a soccer player and coach on the youth, high school, college and professional level. I’m in the middle of of reading his book Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High Performing Athletes, and Giving Youth Sports Back to our Kids. He has a lot of good things to say and you may find me posting quotes from his book on Facebook and Twitter every now and then!
The National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) is America’s leading advocate for positive and safe sports and activities for children. They offer a wide range of services to parents and coaches, focusing on training, safety, nutrition, and positive sports parenting instruction. They have a blog, as well as a host of other useful information on their site.
Jeffrey Rhoads has been writing about youth sports on his site since 2009 and has coached youth sports for over 25 years. Drawing on both his experience as a coach and his own joyful, sports-filled youth, his writings provide valuable guidance for parents, coaches and players. He is the author of The Young Athlete’s Guide to Playing Sports and The Joy of Youth Sports.
Fran Dicari is a dad of three young athletes and one thing I like about his perspective is that he is writing from the trenches of sports parenting. “There is nothing I would rather do than watch my kids play sports,” he says. The observations and lessons he gleans from being a sport dad might be the very encouragement you need on your journey.
This youth sports blog on Forbes is written by Bob Cook, which is a feat in and of itself. But more impressive is the fact that he is the father of four kids in sports and a youth coach. He balances all that while addressing the latest news in youth sports, and highlighting the ridiculous and hilarious sides of today’s youth sports culture.
These are just a few of my favorites. There’s plenty more out there, and if you’ve got another favorite, leave a comment on this blog and share with us all!
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