Risky Play - a Right of Passage!

This week we have a guest blog from Children & Nature Network, on how risky play is a "right of passage" for young kids. My favourite part of this article - keeping kids safe means letting them take risks. What a beautiful statement!!!!

As a parents of a 7 year old boy, 5 year old girl, and twin 10 month olds, every day is risky play just keeping track of them all! But when we go to the backyard or to a park, my wife and I do our best to let them run, climb, fall, and get up on their...

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The Tiger Woods Affect

Uncategorized Jan 25, 2019

 I enjoy writing this blog. I love writing. But this is a one-way communication tool. I write, you (hopefully) read.

I love social media, especially Twitter, for that chance to engage in meaningful dialogue in 240 character bursts with people from all over the world.

And of course in person is the best as you can really get in-depth discussions, and there is no hiding in person!  But enough of my first year marketing class lesson on communication mediums. What am I getting at?

In...

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Leading vs Bullying - even toddlers know the difference!

I’ve been struggling with motivation and inspiration for this blog the last couple of weeks. As I think I’ve mentioned before, my wife and I are in the throes of parenting, and our twin 7 month olds are draining us.

However, its times like this I’m glad I keep a few articles open on my phone. And one caught my eye as a great piece on leadership with young kids.

A study from the University of Illinois finds that “21-month-old infants can distinguish between...

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Re-Defining Winning

The story of two teams

41-0

That was the score in a recent youth sport contest. 

What sport you ask? Well, common thought with that score line would be football or rugby, but no.  This was a U8 hockey game.  A game played between two vastly different sets of skills. A game played on full ice, against direct recommendations of Hockey Canada and LTAD experts.

There are several ways to look at this situation.  Why are they playing full ice? How on earth, at 7 years old, is...

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Done with pro sports?

I never watched a ton of sports in my life.  Mostly due to the fact that I was too busy playing them.  However, up until a year or two ago, I had my finger on the pulse of most major sports leagues in North America, ATP and WTA tennis, a bit of European and Southern Hemisphere rugby, and Canadian college sports.  I read snippets here and there, I knew trends, major injuries and other developments.  I could go to the water cooler and chat with most anyone on most any sport....

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Winning versus Culture

Winning versus Culture

A few weeks back, I stumbled across a post on one of my social media streams.  It was a video of Mark Teixeira talking about how “winning breeds good chemistry

“I’ve never been on a bad team where everyone was happy, because if you were, you’re happy with losing…If I was an owner or a general manager I wouldn’t want my players to be happy, I would want them to be fighting, because they stink.  If you’re happy...

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Check your bias

bias play rain Oct 05, 2018

Author note - I wrote this blog entry back in late April.  You will notice a reference to my wife being pregnant....well she went into labour just a few days after my first draft. I've just rediscovered this, and it's fitting as we move into Autumn weather

And....our twins are now 5 months old and doing what 5 month olds do, meaning my wife and I are tired!


Car Problems Lead to Outside Play

So, we had a dose of adult this week.  My wife went to pick up our daughter from pre-school...

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Coaching your own child - wearing two hats

coaching two hats wooden Sep 27, 2018

Today is September 26th, and marks the beginning of me coaching my son’s soccer team this season. 

Despite having just 3 years of formal soccer playing experience in our collective lifetimes, my wife and I are again lined up to coach our 7- and 5-year old’s soccer teams.  Considering my a) lack of formal soccer knowledge, and b) lack of experience coaching kids in this age range, I was very nervous at the start of last year. 

But the most nerve-wracking part for me...

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Sport is but One Spoke

youth development Aug 24, 2018

This blog post is a bit more philosophical, and was difficult to express. Please share your thoughts, especially if you have a different way to articulate!

I read a great article recently, titled Turning the Weight Room Warrior into a Perceptive Monster: The Missing Link in Physical Preparation.  It was written by a Strength and Conditioning Coach, Michael Zweifel, from the lens of the role of strength and condition (S&C) in the betterment of an athlete.  The crux of it is, from...

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Tips to make your practices fun - Part 2

coaching fun practice Aug 10, 2018

We like to share articles, research, anecdotes, and other stories talking about the need to make youth sports fun again, well how about some actual tips on doing just that.

It can be easy to get swept up in the professionalization of youth sports.  We all want our best for our kids and the players we are coaching so why not teach them the things we see professionals do to excel in their sport?  Well if you are reading this you know why, and if not perhaps check out our Facebook feed...

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