"Summer's here, I'm for that...it's my favorite time of the year and I'm glad that it's here." -James Taylor, "Summer's Here" Remember summer days floating in the pool, making clover chains, catching lightning bugs? Other families travelled to Yellowstone, or to the beach for some deep sea fishing or collecting shells. Whatever one's choice, summer… Continue reading Got Summer Plans?
"In any group of people only 1-10% have taken a straight trajectory. The much more common route is circuitous."--Madeline Levine In the process of our son selecting a sports agent for his professional football career, we were privileged to be in a meeting with one of the agents, who made, what to me was, a… Continue reading Muscles on the Inside
"Less is more..."--Paul Newman (by way of Ludwig Mies van der RohL) After reading a popular magazine that quoted Paul Newman as saying, "Less is more," my husband and I adopted it as an axiom, because we had seen it proven true repeatedly throughout our lives. (In actuality a mid-century German architect, who practiced modern,… Continue reading When Is It Too Much?
"Across the nation, kids of all skill levels, in virtually every team sport, are getting swept up by a youth sports economy that increasingly resembles the pros and at increasingly early ages..."--Sean Gregory, TIME MAGAZINE Do yourself, your family, and your young athlete a favor by becoming educated about the changes in the youth sports… Continue reading Not Pint-Sized Pros
"They made history and not the way you want to make history. They remade it this year." --Melanie Walker, Mom of UVA Basketball Player Ty Jerome I just finished reading an article in today's local newspaper, theTennessean, "Virginia Revels in Emotional Win," by Scott Gleeson. It conjured up a mock Jeopardy question under the category… Continue reading Re-Write Your History
"I've never lost a game, I just ran out of time." --Michael Jordan This time of year there are so many sports options for watching or playing: track and field, basketball, lacrosse, baseball, golf, etc. College basketball is at its peak of excitement, the time in which March Madness has spilled over into April for… Continue reading That’s Why You Play the Game
"False expectations take away joy." --Sandra Bullock When you think of sports, you visualize action in the midst of emotion. Feelings such as excitement, suspense, disappointment, elation, frustration, pressure, etc. What is often overlooked is the cerebral preparation, both for parents and players that precede a sports activity. Simply put, do your homework ahead of… Continue reading Expectations Can Set You Up
"this too shall pass" … Continue reading Emotional Extremes of Sports
"Hey, it's just a game. You don't have to take it so seriously. There is more to life than the game. ---Jack Nicklaus, golf legend There is this distinction between a game or a match, and a championship round or a tournament. There are double elimination tournaments, single elimination tournaments, and other variations including consolation… Continue reading Tournament Time
"Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical."--Yogi Berra This is a primer for parents who did not play sports or even follow sports, but whose children are participating in youth sports activities and on teams. The terms yips, slump and streak are often associated with phenomena in sport that have a… Continue reading Yips, Slumps and Streaks