Coach’s Corner: Pioneer Press Series on Youth Sports

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Each week, Progress Avenue lists articles of interest about youth and amateur sports. This week’s lead takes a look at St. Paul Pioneer Press writer Bob Shaw’s great four-part series, “A Generation on the Sidelines.”

A Generation on the Sidelines: To Revive Participation in School Sports, Let Kids Be Kids (Bob Shaw, St. Paul Pioneer Press, 3/24).

“Minnesota students’ rate of participation in school-sponsored sports has fallen by half since the 1981-82 school year as kids leave sports because of increasing cost, hassles and win-at-all-costs pressure. But that trend can be reversed.” -Bob Shaw, Pioneer Press

A Generation on the Sidelines: In Youth Sports, Money Can Mean Who Will Play the Game (Bob Shaw, St. Paul Pioneer Press, 3/23).

“Sports have had a reputation as a social equalizer, where talent triumphs regardless of race, background or income. But Minnesota students’ migration away from school-sponsored sports is making a mockery of that ideal.” -Bob Shaw, Pioneer Press

A Generation on the Sidelines: Why Minnesota Kids Are Leaving School Sports Behind (Bob Shaw, St. Paul Pioneer Press, 3/23).

“Once a rite of passage, playing school sports is becoming a thing of the past for many Minnesota kids. Today’s athletics eat up too much time and money and, for many youths, they aren’t even much fun anymore. Like a marathon runner with a leg cramp, school athletics are hitting a wall.” -Bob Shaw, Pioneer Press

A Generation on the Sidelines: When the Kids are Raised to Win (Bob Shaw, St. Paul Pioneer Press, 3/23).

“They are daunted by a standard of competition that includes traveling teams, summer camps, specialty training centers and programs that start before kindergarten.” -Bob Shaw, Pioneer Press

More Stories:

Decisions Determine True Success (Tim Warsinskey, Cleveland Plain Dealer, 3/24).

“What I love about high school sports is seeing young men and women who have worked hard reaping their rewards. What I hate is when they throw it all away. This month, I’ve encountered both.” -Tim Warsinskey, Cleveland Plain Dealer

It’s Time to Let Young Athletes Play Sports for Fun, Not Scholarships (Stacy Hicklin, Palm Beach Post, 3/24).

“When did playing sports stop being about fun and start being about college scholarships, travel teams and year-round commitment? Somewhere around middle school, athletes and their parents stop viewing sports as a vehicle for amusement, staying in shape and spending time with friends. It often becomes a means to an end, with the end being a college scholarship.” -Stacy Hicklin, Palm Beach Post

Keeping Coaches in Check; Chicago Public Schools Seek to Rein in Behavior Toward Athletes (Rossi & Tucker, Chicago Sun-Times, 3/24).

“Chicago public school coaches are in for a crackdown under a proposed city policy that explicitly bans everything from pushing, pinching or paddling athletes to ‘displays of temper.’ The massive overhaul of the Chicago Public High Schools Athletic Association bylaws follows allegations that began emerging last fall that at least four CPS coaches had paddled or hit athletes.” -Rossi & Tucker, Chicago Sun-Times

There Has to Be Better Way Than Temper (Mike Imrem, Daily Southtown, 3/25).

“So many incidents of coaches abusing athletes occurred there that guidelines had to be put in writing. Remarkably among them is prohibiting physical abuse like hitting, slapping, pushing, shaking, twisting, pinching, choking, swatting, headbanging and paddling. Don’t those go without saying? Apparently not.” -Mike Imrem, Daily Southtown

Thanks to Doug Abrams for the articles. Abrams is a PCA Champion for Positive Coaching Alliance.