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A grab bag of stories and articles that are of interest to parents and athletes.

Help Coach! I'm Afraid of the Ball

By Coach Damon Wilson 04/19/2018, 4:00pm CDT

A GOALIE'S GUIDE TO OVERCOMING FEAR OF THE SHOT

A goalie's guide to overcoming fear of the shot. 

17 Things Every Swimmer Does (But Won't Admit)

By Olivier Poirier-Leroy, SwimSwam 04/19/2018, 12:00pm CDT

Conveniently-timed injuries. We have all done this at some point. Don’t even lie.

Tips for Performing Your Best Under Stress

By Hans Skulstad, Minnesota Hockey 04/19/2018, 12:00pm CDT

A tryout is a moment in time. It’s not career defining. Take the plays that come. Make confident decisions. Focus on what you know.

The Most Important Sports Item I Own

By Asia Mape, I Love to Watch You Play 04/19/2018, 12:00pm CDT

And not just me, it has wrapped around and kept all of my kids and dozens of other parents – who snuggle up with me – warm, while watching a practice or game.

Sometimes Taking Personal Responsibility Doesn’t Work

By Ken Krause, Fastpitch Lane 04/19/2018, 12:00pm CDT

No excuses. I let it happen, and I didn’t know enough at the time how to regain control. I was also far too concerned about what other people thought and how they would react.

Why BOOT IT is a Four Letter Word

By Soccer Parenting Association 04/19/2018, 12:00pm CDT

And the truth is that playing out of the back, if taught and executed correctly, is actually safer than sending the ball long.

Referee Shortage is Affecting Youth Sports

By Jason Smith, Next College Student Athlete 04/18/2018, 2:00pm CDT

Verbal abuse from parents and coaches attributed as one of the causes

When it comes down to it, many referees are amateurs who are held to a professional standard.

Developing Power, Speed and Explosiveness

By Ryan Williamson, Minnesota Hockey 04/18/2018, 12:00pm CDT

Playing other sports expands a child’s athleticism by developing more motor skills, agility and coordination through the use of different muscles with different ranges of motion. 

The Best Advice I've Ever Heard a Swim Parents Give Their Kid

By Olivier Poirier-Leroy, SwimSwam 04/18/2018, 12:00pm CDT

After all, this wonderful piece of advice was comprehensively powerful and gave exactly the right message: You can work hard, and have fun at the same time.

Path to the Pros By an NHL Player

By Jessi Pierce, USA Hockey 04/18/2018, 12:00pm CDT

Drafted with the No. 20 pick overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Nick Schmaltz made his professional debut on Oct. 12, 2016.

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