My first sports column for the Times Union in 2007 addressed the complexity of youth sports. For 10 years, I have written about the achievements of young people while shedding light on the many controversies generated by the boom in youth sports programs that shattered the idyllic days of child-organized pickup games.
As a journalist, I attended a program by the author of the book “Just Let the Kids Play”. Bob Bigelow, a former NBA player, spoke at a Capital District youth basketball clinic about his journey as a youth sports parent. One of his observations that led to his book was the statistics showing that too many kids are burnt out and hate sports by the time they reach high school. In many cases, it’s the fault of overzealous parents and coaches.
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