Coaches: Develop a Coaching Philosophy

The high school basketball season may be two months away but for those close to the game, whether coaches, parents, or players, the season never really ends.  For coaches, the calm before the storm often means attending a clinic or two prior to the sounds of sneakers squeaking on the hardwood.  If you live in […]

Little League sees Declining Participation and Here’s Why

As we reach the final weekend in August, the sporting spotlight will be shining on South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.  Little League Baseball on Sunday afternoon will crown its world champion, following a two-month plus long tournament.  These eleven and twelve year-old boys of summer will be swinging the bats and flashing the leather in front of […]

Time to Give Youth Sports a Much Needed Enema

Like most kids growing up, through going to school and being present inside other notable germ factories I had my share of colds, flu, etc.  My late grandmother would come visit the house and offer some sage advise.  “What you need is a good enema and an alcohol rub”.  The idea was for these two […]

High School Football: Scheduling Done Right in 2017

Tick.  Tick.  Tick.  The clock winds down in the second half of another one-sided high school football game on a Maine gridiron.  Over the past couple seasons many clocks have moved more quickly in such contests.  Once a team amasses a lead of thirty-five or more in the second half, the clock does not stop […]

Enjoyment of Sport is Reward Enough

As we approach the conclusion of another high school sports year, it also marks the end of another sports season writing this weekly piece.  Every so often I will receive an email, sometimes from a disgruntled reader wondering why I don’t cover this sport or that activity.  I always find these letters interesting.  The assumption […]

Fans on Basketball Officials: Make up your Minds Already!

Basketball fans or sports fans in general have a collective reputation for being non-objective.  By definition fans are never going to be objective.  After all, the word fan is short for fanatic.  Therefore, when it comes to sports fandom all rational thought ceases, especially when the hometown team is involved.  Sports fans also tend to […]