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Why Smaller Basketballs and Lower Hoops Are Crucial for Young Players

A kid picks up a sport. Their parents rush to put them on a plan that will culminate with a coveted full-ride scholarship offer by age 18. Sudde...

4 Ways Sports Parents Fail Their Youth Athletes

"The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. C...

Why There's No Such Thing as an 'Elite' Youth Athlete

Right this second, you can go online and find a list of the top basketball recruits for the class of 2028. It consists of the "best" basketball rec...

How Can Coaches Elicit Greater Effort From Their Players?

In sports, there's no substitute for great effort. It doesn't matter how talented you are—if you don't play hard, you won't win very often. Al...

The First Question Parents Should Ask Their Young Athletes After Every Game And Practice

Many modern sports parents take their child's athletic careers too seriously, too fast. The kid first begins playing the sport in an organized fash...

Is Early Specialization Beneficial for Young Soccer Players?

Early specialization is one of the hottest topics in youth sports, and for good reason. More often than not, kids who play soccer are rarely gettin...

The Childhood Drill That Helped Pat Mahomes Build Superhuman Arm Strength

On a handful of passing attempts each game, Patrick Mahomes seemingly shreds the laws of physics. When a quarterback drops back to throw, their bra...

How to Change Your Basketball Body Language for the Better

You don't have to speak to send a message. While there's no section for it in the box score, body language can have a huge impact on an athlete's p...

Why USA Basketball Wants Youth Coaches to Stop Using Zone Defenses

Zone defenses don't develop great defenders. That's why USA Basketball recently recommended zone defenses be avoided for youth players between the ...

Think Youth Golfers Must Specialize Early to Be Great? Henrik Stenson Says Otherwise

We've rallied against the rise of early specialization in youth sports for years now. But what about golf? After all, Tiger Woods was appearing ...

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