Balancing act: Refocusing your high school jock so studies take precedent

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 son plays varsity football. While we are proud of his athletic ability, we have seen a steady decline in his grades and interest in school. He's a junior and this year is important for college admissions. How do we strike the right balance between school and sports? A: It's difficult to curtail something like sports Read more [...]

Sweetie, did you have fun out there today?

In a recent BYS Timeout Post, I counseled a parent who was unsure how to guide his child through the team sports journey and it got me to thinking about my own experience. For the past 12+ years while my daughter, Sydney, was in school, she would come home and every day I would ask, "Hey sweetie, how was school today?" She would respond, "It was fine." We just chewed the fat in a meandering sort of way  -- I never forced the school conversations because I trusted what was going on; I didn't Read more [...]