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The National Alliance for Youth Sports, America's leading advocate of safe, positive sports for kids, building the value of sports since 1981!
The National Alliance for Youth Sports, America's leading advocate of safe, positive sports for kids, building the value of sports since 1981!

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We spoke with Tony Dungy – one of football’s most respected leaders, a Super Bowl champion, and a Hall of Fame inductee – about one of the most important pieces of advice that he has received. Find out why this message matters, and how you can implement it on your team on SportingKid Live!

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We spoke with Bowling Green State University head football coach, Mike Jinks, about the importance of players tuning into their individual role on the field. “What you want to do is create that family environment,” Jinks says. “What I constantly talk about is do your 1/11th. There are 11 guys out there on that field at a time and if any one of them is not doing their job the unit will fail.”

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Does your organization have interest in programming for young children? Orchard Park Recreation in New York recently implemented our new Start Smart Sports Development program that targets the development of fine and gross motor skills for children ages 2-3 and it has received great reviews. Read more on our blog!

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Do you, or someone you know, need to attend a sports parent support group? While this is a funny video, studies show that having your child specialize in one sport too soon could be dangerous.

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This study is a must-read for soccer coaches! New research published in Human Movement Science reveals the best way for players to practice penalty kicks.

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According to this study published in the Journal of Pediatrics, your child’s grip strength could be an indicator of overall health. The research shows that hand grip strength could give insight about the potential for children to develop diabetes or cardiovascular disease.

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We spoke with Philip Montgomery, University of Tulsa football coach, about why it’s important to always end practice on the right note. Find out how you can make sure your players leave the field feeling positive, no matter what practice was like on SportingKid Live!

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We spoke with Abby Keenan, a Certified Mental Performance Consultant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and co-founder of Intrepid Performance Consulting, LLC., about how to help frustrated young athletes. She says, “At a young age, most athletes are so focused on the outcome of the game that they don’t care as much about the process. Remind athletes, at any age, that if you have a good process, you will eventually get the outcome you want.”

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According to research, there could be physical benefits to letting your little ones go barefoot.

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Trying different sports and activities as a child could lead to the Olympics. Colleen Quigley, a track athlete who competed at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio, played soccer and participated in dance until high school. Read more about her message to young athletes on SportingKid Live!
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