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Dumbed Down Sports: The Poor Player Subsidy September 21, 2006

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Baseball, Coaching, Football, Fun, Learning, Parenting/Children, Sports.

This afternoon, a friend and I were talking about “Fall Ball” in a local recreation league. She was complaining that an obscure rule (no infield plays made by outfielders) made this league very frustrating for her son, who plays in several other leagues. Due to scheduling issues (she’s a single parent), it’s not practical for him to participate in the more competitive leagues.


This reminded me of when my sons played YMCA Basketball (where the players were required to stand on “X” markers placed on the floor), and other youth leagues where the already confusing rules of adult game become even more complex when the adults try to “help” younger players learn the game by coming up with countless variations of the rules. (more…)

Why Are Sports Important? July 15, 2006

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Coaching, Education, Exercise, Family, Football, Parenting/Children, Sports.

I have an ecclectic collection of friends. Some of them are “into” sports, but many are not. Invariably, the friends who are not involved in sports (either themselves or by way of their children) are baffled by my love and passion for most any type of sport.


“Why Do You Coach?” July 13, 2006

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Coaching, Education, Family, Football, Love, Parenting/Children, Self-Worth, Sports.

Last week, a close friend of mine asked me, “Tim, why do you coach? Why do you love doing that so much?” The question stopped me dead in my tracks.
What is it about the prospect of teaching a sport to others, in my case boys ranging from 6 to 13 years old, and working with them for an entire season? What would possess someone to expend this kind of energy? Maybe this will help explain it.

The Letter (Verbatim)

Dear Coach,