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Articles on Youth Recreational and Competitive Sports

Is Your Child Ready to Compete at a Higher Level?

One of the biggest questions in youth sports is whether or not your athlete is competing at the right level. There are several important factors to consider before making the choice to move your athlete up in competition and intensity. The higher the level of competition the more games, more travel, more time, more money,  more […]

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Winning Is(nt) Everything

Whenever I speak to youth sports communities (parents, athletes, coaches, staff) the subject of winning always comes up. Do I think everyone should get a trophy? How important is winning? How do we teach our youth to win and lose gracefully? This is a difficult subject to address as feelings about winning and losing are […]

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5 Ways Sports Strengthen Family

Amidst the many benefits of sports participation, I want to talk about the ways that sports can strengthen families. Sports have been a central part of my life for as long as I can remember. I have competitive genes, I love to be physical, and yes I love to win. However, when I think about […]

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Articles on Prep/Collegiate Sports

First Day of Class: Collegiate Student-Athlete Checklist

The first week of class is incredibly important for ALL college students, and even more so for athletes. Whether or not you are in-season, balancing academics with athletics is no easy feat even for those with strong academic backgrounds and organizational skills. Recognize that some instructors will have had issues with previous athletes and may […]

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Preparing for Academic Success in Collegiate Sports

Are college sports in your future? If your path is leading you to NCAA sports and the life of a student-athlete, the sooner you begin preparing for this enormous responsibility the better. The life of a student-athlete is akin to managing two full-time jobs that cost more than they pay. Yes a full academic scholarship […]

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Articles on Professional Sports

Articles about My Life in Sports

Durango State of Mind

You know that feeling at the end of the day where your whole body feels mildly sore and weary from a day full of movement? I’m not talking about tired feet from working all day or the physical exhaustion of parenting, but that immensely pleasurable feeling of having used your body for fun and physicality […]

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Everyday Athlete

I participated in sports year round for a solid chunk of my life. Not much time these days with a full-time job and two little ones. But I still crave that physical competition and exertion. Maybe once the kids are in school and doing their own thing, Jared and I can join a league of […]

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Family Sport Story

So how did I get into sport? You could say it’s in my genes… On my mother’s side, my grandma Rosalie was a fan of baseball. She often had the Tiger’s game on the radio and I have very fond memories of listening to Ernie Harwell’s voice, laying in the warmth of the sitting room, […]

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