ParentNation.com Interviews Backyard Sports Founder

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ParentNation.com, a popular online community that connects parents and empowers them through trusted reviews of local children’s services, interviewed Danny Bernstein, founder of Backyard Sports, to get underneath the causes and effects of some of the negative changes that have occurred in youth sports. "Sports today—and the expectations placed on kids—have changed drastically since we were young.  5-year-olds are urged into a sport, bound to practicing several times a week for the next Read more [...]

The “Over-Coaching” effect and what kids lose when they don’t have fun

Backyard Sports Timeout – Where our coaches field parents’ questions about Team Sports and offer ways to make it the Fun, Enriching Experience it’s supposed to be Q: Our son is in elementary school and he loves playing basketball with friends in our driveway. We encouraged him to join the basketball program at school, but it's not quite what we expected. There are a lot of coaching drills, but little "free-play" and this is frustrating our son who just wants to play. Do you think our child Read more [...]

My daughter’s coach makes her feel alienated

Backyard Sports Timeout – Where our coaches field parents’ questions about Team Sports and offer ways to make it the Fun, Enriching Experience it’s supposed to be Q: My daughter plays basketball and her team recently added a new coach.  The change has been difficult because the new coach has a style that is incompatible with my daughter's personality.  She often feels berated and alienated. How should we deal with this? Nothing can inhibit a child’s experience more than a difficult Read more [...]