Coach-Parent: The Good...The Bad...The Ugly...

When my son first started playing basketball, I 'volunteered' my husband, without asking, to coach the team. I didn't care if he had coached, or for that matter, even played, basketball at the time. I didn't even think about if he would actually want to coach. I just blindly added his name to the volunteer list. I had no idea what coaching a team actually meant. That was 9 years ago.Now, we are both seasoned coaches, in our respective sports. But, the trip here has had it's ups and downs. The most obvious impact has been on our family....more
This is a very well written post.  I have coached youth sports teams for more than a decade now, ...more

To Be Or Not To Be - Great, That Is!

In the light of the very recent passing of Joe Paterno, I was watching ESPN's Sportcenter for more details. As the coverage continued, there were more and more statements about Paterno's greatness as a coach, mentor, husband, father, philanthropist, and more.This raised a question:What does it mean to be a great coach?...more
@CroMom Thanks for reading, and even more for commenting! I love hearing what other people ...more

Dispelling the Myth: Cheerleading is INDEED a SPORT!

I live in a world where girls are pushed to their limits and beyond on a daily basis. I live in a world where you are expected to tumble, stunt, cheer, dance, jump, smile, be enthusiastic, cheer on the football team by knowing 50+ cheers/chants, have great sportsmanship, and still have competitive drive. I also live in a world where no matter how hard you work, you are still told that you are NOT an athlete and what you do is NOT a SPORT.I live in the world of CHEERLEADING!!!...more
My son is a junior in high school, and he was recruited into cheer a year ago (by the girls). ...more