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Does Everyone Deserve a Trophy? Survey Says No!

  
  
  
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We've written about the debate over everyone getting a trophy in youth sports before. It was arguably one of the most discussed and debated topics we've ever hit on! Some people say that giving everyone a trophy (such as a participation award) undermines the value of the award itself and teaches kids that "showing up" is good enough. You don't get a reward for being "average" in real life, so why should we teach kids that lesson in sports? The counter argument is that parents need to lighten up! It's just Little League and giving a 7 year old a trophy is going to make them happy so why not let them have it? Isn't that what youth sports is about anyway?

Throwing Like a Girl - Can Coed Teams Work?

  
  
  
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13 year-old Mo'ne Davis made Little League World Series the other week as the first female pitcher to throw a shutout in the Little League postseason. She is one of the two girls playing in the 2014 Little League World Series. More than a thousand girls in the U.S. play high school baseball, according to Justine Siegal, the founder of Baseball For All, which "fosters, encourages and provides opportunities for girls to participate in baseball." Mo'ne Davis is not the first girl to ever choose baseball over softball, and she certainly won't be the last. But her shutout game got a lot of attention and has a lot of people talking about coed sports. Can they actually work? Can girls compete with boys even as they get older?

SportsSignup Makes Third Consecutive Appearance on Inc. 500|5000 List

  
  
  

SportsSignup is proud to be on the Inc. Magazine 500|5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. for the third consecutive year.

A Controversial Way to Keep Your Sports Parents in Line

  
  
  
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Dealing with sports parents is one of the hazards of being a youth sports coach. Most parents are great; they are friendly, helpful, get their kids to practice on time, help set up the field, have a positive attitude no matter what, and more. We love those sports parents! But no team is immune from "those" sports parents that coach from the sidelines, get into it with the officials, pick fights with other parents, scream at the kids, and so forth. Hopefully a quick word or two is all it takes to get one of those parents to calm down, but some parents need a much harsher approach in order to "get it." Some coaches have developed a rather controversial way to keep aggressive sports parents in line.

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Playing Through an Injury - Is It Worth It?

  
  
  
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Even with every possible safety measure in place kids are going to get hurt when playing youth sports. They'll skin their knees and elbows, they'll jam fingers, stub toes, and crash into each other. Part of playing sports means accepting some minimal level of risk. Yes, more serious accidents can and will happen, especially as the level of competition increases, so hopefully the coach is certified in CPR and first aid so they know what to do in the case of an emergency (every second counts when someone is seriously ill or injured), but most minor scrapes and bruises aren't serious enough to keep a kid off the field for more than a few minutes.

How to Keep Young Players Occupied at Practice

  
  
  
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If you volunteered to coach a young team this season, think U-8 or even younger, you have to know that coaching very young players is nothing like coaching an older team. First off, young players aren't usually super invested in the sport yet. They are there because their parents signed them up or they wanted to hang out with the friends. They are probably more interested in running the bases than perfecting their batting stance And if you add the fact that young players typically can't focus for very long regardless of what they are doing, you realize that running a successful practice can be a lot like herding cats!

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What Are Your Sports League's Sexual Abuse Policies?

  
  
  
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As much as we want to trust our friends and neighbors, our teachers and coaches, our community leaders and volunteers, the simple fact is that we can't risk our children's safety, no matter how much we may think "well that wouldn't happen here." Every year more than 3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States (and who can say for sure how many unreported cases there are), meaning it can and is happening in our communities. And what's even more disturbing is that more than 90% of juvenile sexual abuse victims know their perpetrator in some way. These aren't wandering predators swooping into our community without warning. The perpetrators are our friends, neighbors, coaches. People we know and trust and see every day.

SportsSignup Expands its Services for Thousands of North American Customers

  
  
  

SportsSignup today announces the availability of our next generation “all-in-one” Online Sports Management Solution, which provides sports organizations throughout the United States and Canada the ability to manage their administrative and communications tasks on one, easy-to-use, integrated platform.

3 Tips to Manage Sibling Rivalry in Youth Sports

  
  
  
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While professional sports isn't overflowing with sibling rivalries, the Manning brothers and Williams' sisters are great examples for all youth athletes and their siblings to follow. Even if they are competing against each other Peyton and Eli, and Venus and Serena are still each other's biggest fans. They play their hardest, respect each other as competitors, but remember they are family first when they step off the field.

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What If You Can't Pay to Play?

  
  
  
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In the United States, parents spend $671 on average per year to cover the costs of uniforms, registration fees, and private lessons and coaching. At least 1 in 5 ends up spending over $1,000 per child, every year. Last fall we came across this interesting news story that reported;

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