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How Obstacle Courses Can Reintroduce Play to America's Kids

Kids crave movement. They want to jump, skip, climb, sprint, crawl, dive and tumble. They want to explore what their bodies are capable of, even if...

Soccer Legend Kristine Lilly on the Missing Ingredient in Youth Sports

Kristine Lilly is one of the greatest women's soccer players of all time. Her 352 career caps are the most of any player, man or women, in internat...

Is Your Kid Missing Key Components of Athleticism? Use These 3 Tests to Find Out

Believe your kid is a great athlete? See if they can do these three things: Catch and throw a ball with both hands Do a somersault Run b...

The Secret Behind Admiral Schofield's Surprisingly Nimble Feet

Admiral Schofield is built differently. In an age when many NBA prospects are criticized for scrawny frames, the 6-foot-5, 241-pound Schofield is b...

How Good Coaching Grew a Young Tobin Heath's Brilliance

Tobin Heath is fearless with the ball at her feet. The U.S. Women's National Team and Portland Thorns midfielder is fueled by creativity, as she ro...

Why 'Mini' Games Have Big Benefit for Young Athletes

Most athletes love sports in all forms—playing them, watching them, immersing themselves in video game versions. For many young athletes, this obses...

4 Questions Modern Sports Parents Must Ask Themselves

Why do your kids play sports? It's a simple question, but one shockingly few sports parents actually consider. We live in a time where more youth a...

What is 'Scanning'? The Overlooked Skill That Builds the Foundation of Brilliant Soccer Players

"Pictures! Pictures!" That was what Frank Lampard, three-time Chelsea Player of the Year, grew up hearing his father shout from the sidelines. His ...

Every Soccer Player Should Know This Drill From the U.S. Women's National Team

The United States Women's National Soccer team is inspiring to watch. The creativity and precision they display with their passes is a big reason t...

USWNT Star Christen Press on the Biggest Problem With American Youth Soccer

Stress and youth sports just don't mix. The No. 1 priority of youth sports should be for the kids to have fun. We want our kids to be active and le...

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