The Parents' Portal

Parents who are supporting and coaching our kids, or our kids' teams, have a massive challenge, because sports is a crucible: There is so much growth, insecurity, emotion, and psychological stuff that goes on with kids in the first place, when you add the competitive juices, new hormones, etc., it can get really hairy. This Portal is for us, and by us. If you want to give your input, please email me at If you want to be our Ambassador for this Portal, please email

Ambassador Content
  • What to Concentrate On During a Match
    by Greg Burton on 13 Mar 2017
    How exactly do you focus your best during matches? How do you focu ... [read more]
  • How Nadal Gets Pumped for a Match
    by Greg Burton on 27 Oct 2016
    Many tennis coaches think their players will perform well if they ... [read more]
  • 3 Important Questions That Turn Losing Into Learning
    by Greg Burton on 4 Aug 2016
    “Do you want to win every game you play for the rest of your life? ... [read more]
  • Mental Toughness: Nature or Nurture?
    by Greg Burton on 23 Jun 2016
    Can you learn mental toughness, or is it bred into us? Really, an ... [read more]
  • Six Tips to Reduce Youth Spring Sports Injuries
    by Greg Burton on 5 Apr 2016
    In today's competitive youth sports landscape, many young athlete ... [read more]
Curated Content
  • "Don't Turn Your Young Athlete into a Mini-Me"
    21 Mar 2017
    By Reed Maltbie “Dad, am I a disappointment to you?” My son ask ... [read more]
  • Sports Specialization Lowers Participation
    8 Mar 2017
    SILVER SPRING, MD – March 7, 2017 – ‘Core’ participation in team s ... [read more]
  • Eight Coaching Mistakes I Wish I Never Made
    20 Oct 2016
    In 2002, I received a phone call from Patrick, a former high schoo ... [read more]
  • Youth hockey brain imaging study suggests early marker for concussion damage
    21 Oct 2015
    James Hudziak, M.D., has two children who love ice hockey. His son ... [read more]

  • Got a kid playing fall sports? Check out a new piece showing six tips for keeping your young athletes on their feet out on the field.
  • We just added a new Blog from Stephen Jenkins, Kids-In-Teams. It's a really good resource, definitely recommended reading. And dig in, the prior posts are good too.
  • We have just added a few must-see concussion avoidance videos from Moms Team.


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