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Yesterday Governor Wolf of Pennsylvania (my home State) urged the closure of all youth sports programs until January. I fear that is a short-sighted directive that highlights a broader failure of many in our society to recognize the positive power of sports for children and young adults. Moreover, COVID and other factors have put pressure on college athletic programs, causing some to debate the merits of the very existence of NCAA sports. Again, I find this a misguided view that misses the impact that competition has in the development of young people. Let’s start with a simple sta
The youth sports program I volunteer for works with an organization called Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), which provides training for coaches of young athletes. We have been very happy with the quality of their presentations to our volunteer / parent coaches. PCA provide a framework and series of strategies that help coaches provide a higher quality experience for the players. The founder of Positive Coaching Alliance is Jim Thompson, a faculty member with Stanford University and the author of a number of books including "Elevating Your Game: Becoming a Triple Impact Competitor".
Our kids are turning pro. Well, not my kids, and chances are… not your kids either. But sometime soon student athletes – at least the elite players in high profile sports – are going to be able to make money from endorsements. This is a seismic shift in the world of student athletics. Not just for the relative few who will be able to cash in, but perhaps for all student athletes. Because the magnitude of the change could impact the whole system in ways that are impossible to predict at this point. It all started with the California State Legislature passing the Fair Pay to Play Act -