In this article, Reed Maltbie describes nine things that we know about youth sports and how many of our current practices fly in the face of what science and research tell us is best for kids.
“My daughter and I had to miss her grandfather’s funeral when she was 12 for a cheerleading competition.”
I had to read that twice to be sure what I was reading. This was an actual comment we received recently on Facebook. We receive a lot of heartbreaking stories from readers, but this one sentence stopped me in my tracks. The mere thought that the funeral of a parent would play second fiddle to a 12-year-old cheerleading competition simply boggles the mind.
We hear incredible tales of missed family events, as well as coaches ordering players to skip siblings weddings and other life events…
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