8 New Year resolutions for sports parents

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Yikes, the New Year is upon us! Seems like it goes by faster and faster each year, doesn’t it?

A peek around the Interwebs shows that everybody and their brother is whipping out a New Year resolutions list. Truth be told, I’m not a big one for New Year resolutions but this gives me an excuse to write one of those trendy new “7 Reasons to . . . ” titles, so here we go with The Trophy Mom’s 8 New Year Resolutions for Sports Parents.
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A gallery of love letters

In my volunteer role as a league administrator, I get a lot of email. In technical terms, I believe a shit ton of email better describes the volume. Most of it is pretty ordinary– operations, deadlines, information stuff. Until someone gets mad about something, and then they fire off a nasty gram that could blister paint. I have developed pretty thick skin over the years so it’s not really upsetting to me (well, the grammar and spelling is upsetting, but not the content). Lately, following the word art trend, I’ve been inspired to think of some this correspondence in a new way, and have picked a few of my favorites with which to explore my creative side. All are real, unedited emails from coaches, managers or refs of youth teams and may contain some salty language. Without further disclaimer, I present, for your enjoyment, the Email from Coaches Word Art Gallery. Read the rest of this entry »


That’s no ref, that’s my son!

Every game you go to, in every sport, you hear it. Coaches, parents, and often times players, complaining about the refs. The ref cost us the game. The ref is a homer. The ref just outright sucks. Well, don’t worry, Stripes. I’ve got your back.

Why would I defend the most universally hated people on the sports planet (well, next to this guy)? Not because it’s really just a bunch of whining, which it is, and excuse making, which it is, but because it does a disservice to the coaches, the players, and the refs. That’s right. Here’s why you need to get off big Blue’s back.

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