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YOUTH SPORTS FOCUS
Youthful Changes
Coaches notice changes throughout youth sports landscape
By Erik Overgaard, University of Kansas
Y
outh sports have been a critical part of childhood
development for decades. According to the
National Survey of Children's Health, from 20202021
roughly half of children aged 6-17 " participated
in a sports team " or " took sports lessons after school
or on weekends. "
Though the numbers are increasing each year, some say
the landscape of the youth sports industry is changing,
and not necessarily for the better.
John McSweeney, the boys varsity basketball head
coach at Liberty High School in Bedford, VA, thinks the
game has changed in major ways.
" In ten years, the style of play has changed fairly
significantly, " McSweeney said. " Very few teams have
stayed with the 'walk it up, run a set play, wait for a good
look' [type of style]. Today, most teams want to push the
ball up the floor, play at a quick pace. "
McSweeney has also noticed a change in parents'
attitudes about their kids playing the game, saying he
thinks parents should be more understanding.
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" They are high school kids ... they will make mistakes.
Relax. "
Parents' criticism towards their children can extend
to getting frustrations out on coaches as well.
" At Tulsa Central under head coach Eli Brown we are
a 4A powerhouse. ... We are winning [a playoff game].
On the way to the locker room, an adult leans over the
railing and yells at Coach Brown ... 'I could coach this
team better!' My thought was, 'Really? We drove 110
miles to Meeker to scout the team we were beating.' "
This change is not exclusive to basketball. Justin
Near, a youth football coach in Claremore, OK, has
many of the same thoughts on the recent trends
of parents being more direct about their kids'
performances.
" [The biggest change is] probably parental support.
It's more of 'my kid is the best' nowadays, especially
at the youth level. There's not very many team players
anymore, just because they all think their kid is
a stud. "

May June 2024

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of May June 2024

Between The Lines
A.D.ministration
CSCCa Strength Focus
2024 State of the Industry: A.D.'s describe the landscape of high school sports
Beyond the Scoreboard: Six impacts of signage in athletic departments
Equal Playing Field: Insights into coaching at all three NCAA divisions
Q&A.D.: with MHSAA executive director Mark Uyl
On the Rise: Esports - Special Advertising Section
Grappling with Structure: Outlining practice formats for high school wrestlers
Facility Focus
2024 Tech Guide
Sole Survivor: VKTRY Insoles' advanced technology helps athletes reduce injuries
Optimal Oxygen: VO2 Max scores can correlate with athletic success
Joint Effort: Hudl, Snap! Mobile partnership aims to revolutionize athletic fundraising
Youthful Changes: Coaches notice changes throughout the youth sports landscape
Product Focus
Product Marketplace
Ad Index
May June 2024 - 1
May June 2024 - 2
May June 2024 - 3
May June 2024 - Between The Lines
May June 2024 - 5
May June 2024 - A.D.ministration
May June 2024 - 7
May June 2024 - 8
May June 2024 - 9
May June 2024 - CSCCa Strength Focus
May June 2024 - 11
May June 2024 - 2024 State of the Industry: A.D.'s describe the landscape of high school sports
May June 2024 - 13
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May June 2024 - 17
May June 2024 - Beyond the Scoreboard: Six impacts of signage in athletic departments
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May June 2024 - Equal Playing Field: Insights into coaching at all three NCAA divisions
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May June 2024 - Q&A.D.: with MHSAA executive director Mark Uyl
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May June 2024 - 30
May June 2024 - On the Rise: Esports - Special Advertising Section
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May June 2024 - Grappling with Structure: Outlining practice formats for high school wrestlers
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May June 2024 - Facility Focus
May June 2024 - 35
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May June 2024 - 2024 Tech Guide
May June 2024 - Sole Survivor: VKTRY Insoles' advanced technology helps athletes reduce injuries
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May June 2024 - Optimal Oxygen: VO2 Max scores can correlate with athletic success
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May June 2024 - Joint Effort: Hudl, Snap! Mobile partnership aims to revolutionize athletic fundraising
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May June 2024 - Youthful Changes: Coaches notice changes throughout the youth sports landscape
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