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Can Female Athletes Win with a Coed Team?

  
  
  
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Many sports parents and coaches argue against coed teams as the athletes get older, citing concerns that the girls are more likely to get hurt when going up against bigger, stronger, and faster boys. Once hormones kick in young boys and girls develop very differently. A 11-year-old girl might actually be bigger and stronger than her male teammates since girls tend to get their growth sprout sooner, but a 16-year-old boy is probably a lot bigger than any girl on his team. But until puberty, girls can easily keep up with the boys in terms of skill, provided they have had similar coaching/training.

Earning the Respect of Your Players

  
  
  
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A coach is in a position of power with their team, but as the saying goes "with great power comes great responsibility." A coach is responsible for the safety, well-being, and athletic development of their players and that is a not something to be taken lightly. Most coaches are well respected by their athletes and sports parents, but respect is still something you have to earn. It doesn't get handed out with a clipboard and whistle.

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Why Drill Stations Can Work Really Well at Practice

  
  
  
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So you've decided to volunteer this season as a youth sports coach! First off, thank you! It's parent-coaches like you that keep the sports wheel turning and without your our leagues wouldn't be possible! As a coach, one of your biggest tasks is figuring out how to manage practices. How can you keep young kids engaged, having a good time, learning the basic skills of their given sport, building team spirit and more?! It's a tall order for a few hours a week. One of the easiest things to do is keep your practice moving by planning several drills that focus on different skills.

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What Is the Role of the Assistant Coach?

  
  
  
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Being a youth sports coach is a big responsability! You've got a lot of moving parts to keep track of and sometimes it's hard to manage all on your own. That's why assistant coaches are so important to a youth sports team! They may not carry the biggest clipboard on the field, but they are a critical component of any successful team.

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Keeping Your Costs Down When Traveling for Youth Sports

  
  
  
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Popular youth sports blogger StatsDad estimates that in 2011 he spent $11,704 on youth sports! You may not feel like $150 is all that much to sign your child up for a basketball season, but when you add in a basketball tournament that costs $1,600 suddenly it’s a very different game. Most parents don't realize how much it really costs because it's spread out over multiple things, but when you add traveling costs on top of equipment, lessons, special coaches, and more it's no surprise that youth sports can cost a family thousands of dollars a season.

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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.

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