Category Archives: Game Officials

This category is for the men and women wearing the blue, zebras, grey, or whatever color they are wearing while officiating youth sports contests. This section may contain articles to help you improve your game, deal with parents and coaches, or sharing ideas between officials.

One Weekend Off

I had posted a challenge for travel/club coaches.  I’ve invited coaches to let me know if their team gives their players one weekend off per month.  So far I’ve heard from two teams.  Another I’m waiting for some details.  So as I hear from more coaches, I will add them to the list.

Softball

Lakewood Hustlers Coffman 16U – Mario Coffman

USSSA Pride – Indian   10u-16u teams – Steve Indian
Encinitas, CA.

I do more than give them one weekend off a month. We also right after nationals take the rest of August (approx 3 weeks) off. We will also be shutting down in another week until Dec 30th so the players and parents can enjoy their holiday season. I do believe in down time for the players and for the coaching staff, so they can regenerate not only their bodies but their minds too.

Steve Indian

 

Age and Politics: Two Subjects That Highlight Youth Sports

Last week Greg Pappas and I discussed How Young is Too Young for youth sports.  While that may sound like a simple question it actually covers three different levels of youth sports.  First, at what age should you start your child in sports.  Second is about what age to get involved with competitive team sports.  And third we discussed what is the right age to get into travel or club sports.  If you missed that show, I encourage you to listen to the podcast.  While we could do two or three shows to cover all of that material, I do think we hit the basics so that any parent can know what questions to ask for their situation.

Due to a schedule change, my friend Richard Trujillo had to reschedule to next week, this week we will be discussing politics in youth sports.  How appropriate since today is election day and we will be choosing a new President.  People leave rec ball to go to travel ball thinking they are leaving the politics, only to find out that travel and club sports have their own political issues.  The same is true of high school sports.  Hmmm.  I wonder if college athletes have to deal with politics….  what do you think?  You can respond to this article, you can send me an email, or you can call the show tomorrow at (800)405-6425.  What political battle did you or your children face in youth sports?  Did you walk away from the drama, get caught up in the drama, or were you actually the one creating the drama?

How Youth Sports Can Impact a Young Life for the Positive!

Remember Peter Rodriguez?

Peter, Elizabeth, and Ryan join Coach Mike to promote Boys and Girls Club of Whittier.
Peter (far left), Elizabeth, and Ryan join Coach Mike to promote Boys and Girls Club of Whittier.

Peter is a local insurance broker/agent who was on Kidz “n” Sports a couple months ago promoting a toy drive for the Boys and Girls Club of Whittier.   Peter is doing a lot of good work now including prison ministry, and helping others around him.  But his story wasn’t always so positive.

Tune into Kidz “n” Sports this week to hear Peter’s story and how youth sports helped to change his life around.  Kidz “n” Sports airs every Wednesday at 9 AM on the internet at www.AdrenalineRadio.com.

Rob Wigod, Commissioner of Athletics for CIF Southern Section

This week’s guest on Kidz “n” Sports is
Rob Wigod, Commissioner of Rob Wigod - Commissioner of Athletics, CIF Southern SectionAthletics for the CIF-Southern Section.  Rob has 23 areas of responsibility under his umbrella as Commissioner.  You can view these areas by clicking here.

While the CIF is looked upon as the governing body of high school athletics in California, there are a number of things they have a say in and there are other things that the individual schools and school districts control.  We will help separate which is which and how the CIF-Southern Section benefits your teen’s sports experience.

Dr. Chris Stankovich on Kidz “n” Sports

Dr. Chris Stankovich, the "Sports Doc"
Dr. Chris Stankovich, the “Sports Doc”

This week my guest on Kidz “n” Sports is Dr. Chris Stankovich, professional athletic counselor who is known as “The Sports Doc” on NBC, and who has also appeared on ESPN. He is a columnist for the OHSAA (Ohio High School Athletic Association). He has over 20 years experience working with many aspects of youth sports and has taught undergraduate courses in sports psychology and sociology.

We will cover a few aspects of youth sports, especially Dr. Stankovich’s article on Early Recruiting that I saw on the Coachbook web site. For more on The Sports Doc, check out his web site by clicking here.

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