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A Parent's Guide to Baseball & Softball

Millions of kids throughout the country participate in organized youth baseball and softball programs each year. It’s an exciting world of colorful uniforms, post-game ice cream treats, and lots of smiling faces. It’s also one in which you as a parent can make a positive difference in helping your youngster grow and make the most of this experience. A Parent’s Guide to Baseball & Softball lends ...

Secrets of Successful Coaching

Coaching a youth sports team is as challenging as ever these days. Whether it’s a T-ball team with 5- and 6-year-olds, an under-10 soccer team, or a travel basketball team with a roster of experienced players, coaches face a lengthy and imposing to-do list. Among the responsibilities are teaching skills, organizing productive practices, managing game days, instilling life lessons, and—most ...

Why Johnny Hates Sports

All across the country, a growing number of children are dropping out of organized sports—not because they don’t like to play, but because the system they play in is failing them. Written by one of this country’s leading advocates of youth sports, Why Johnny Hates Sports explains why many of the original goals of youth leagues have been affected by today’s win-at-all-costs attitude. It then ...

Your First Coaching Book

As a youth sports volunteer, you should get used to wearing many hats, for you’ll be not just a coach, but also a teacher, friend, and confidant. Coaching can be rewarding,  but if you venture into the season unprepared, the role can be a frustrating one. Enter Your First Coaching Book. Created by The National Alliance For Youth Sports, it provides valuable tips on how to encourage fun and good ...