Coaches Suspended For Purposely Losing Tournament

MURFREESBORO – Coaching responsibilities of two Rutherford County girls basketball coaches were suspended Wednesday, four days after their teams purposely tried to lose a district tournament consolation game. “Good athletic coaches possess skills that maximize the players’ skills, strategize winning game plans, instill self-discipline and impart the value of teamwork to reach a common goal,” Rutherford County Schools director Don Odom said in a release. “Players also learn skills that build integrity and character, primarily by how their coach models before them. In these last two areas, we failed last Saturday evening.”...

Are Youth Sports Evil?

Very interesting article – see if you agree Little League is immoral. And, furthermore, all youth sports are bad for our kids and nearly every team our children play on is run by criminals. If you were exposed to enough coverage this week in the wake of the Jackie Robinson West scandal, you couldn’t help but be overwhelmed by the demonization of sports. It’s not the first time. It will not be the last. This pops up every now and then, and we should neither be surprised by the disgraceful behavior of a few nor the absurd overreaction by those who have never understood the benefits of sports in the lives of young people....

Do You Know Baseball? A Fun Quiz

Thanks to Dayton Children’s Sports Medicine for providing this quick baseball quiz.  How much do you know? For useful  information from Dayton Children’s Sports Medicine, check out their site: http://www.childrensdayton.org/cms/sports-medicine/index.html   Did You Know???   Test your baseball and injury knowledge with this quick quiz   1. “Tommy John” surgery is a well-known procedure for baseball players with elbow ligament tears. Who is Tommy John? A. The surgeon who first successfully performed the procedure B. The major league pitcher from 1963-1989 who was able to return to playing after the procedure C. The English anatomy professor who discovered the ligament D. A high-school pitcher who needed the surgery after throwing 193 pitches in one game   2. The ___________ is a group of muscles and their tendons that act to stabilize the shoulder, important for the overhead motions required in sports like baseball and swimming. A. Rotary cup B. Rotator cuff C. Rotator cup D. Rotary cup   3. Little League baseball rules limit the number of pitches that 13- to 16-year-olds can throw in one day to: A. 65 B. 75 C. 85 D. 95   4. Which type of injury accounts for over half of all baseball injuries? A. Collisions B. Overuse injuries C. Head and neck trauma D. Shoulder injuries   5. Which type of injury did Ryan Howard sustain in his last at bat, ending the 2011 NL playoff series for the Phillies? A. Broken ankle B. Hamstring strain C. Torn Achilles tendon D. Torn rotator cuff   Answers-   1. A-Tommy John surgery (TJS), known by medical professionals as ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstruction is a common surgery...

Little League Strips Chicago Team Of Its U.S. Title

Little League Baseball has stripped the U.S. championship from the Chicago-based Jackie Robinson West team and has suspended the coach for violating a rule prohibiting the use of players who live outside the geographic area that the team represents, it was announced Wednesday....

The Race to Nowhere In Youth Sports

“My 4th grader tried to play basketball and soccer last year,” a mom recently told me as we sat around the dinner table after one of my speaking engagements. “It was a nightmare. My son kept getting yelled at by both coaches as we left one game early to race to a game in the other sport. He hated it.” “I know,” said another. “My 10 year old daughter’s soccer coach told her she had to pick one sport, and start doing additional private training on the side, or he would give away her spot on the team.”  ...