THE SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF AND ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIPS

Suspension of Disbelief  [suh-spen-shuhn ohv dis-bi-leef] 

1.  a parents willingness to suspend one's critical faculties and believe the (almost unbelievable) reality that their child is going to receive an athletic scholarship.

2.  a parents sacrifice of facts, realism and logic for the sake of believing that their child is going to receive an athletic scholarship.  

3.  putting aside doubt or skepticism for the belief in a child's ability to receive an athletic scholarship.

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THANK YOU, FOLLOW UPS AND CHANGE

I wanted to take a minute and thank all of you for your interest in Layups and Rebounds.  The response has been unbelievable and a little overwhelming, as I was not expecting hundreds of thousands of readers in the first month.   If you have sent me an email or message and I have not been able to get back to you, I apologize because I was completely unprepared for an additional 500 messages in my inbox!  What the response has shown me is that people are ready for a serious change in how we as a society approach youth sports and the level of importance that we place on it in our lives.   

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YOUTH SPORTS HIJACKING OF ADULTHOOD

If you run a Google search on youth sports issues, you will find page after page of articles about problems in youth sports today.  You will find articles about how youth sports is ruining our children, how specialization in youth sports at too early an age is causing overuse injuries and about how the rising costs of youth sports is a big problem for children from lower income families that can no longer afford to participate.  Yes, there are a lot of issues in youth sports today that need to be addressed.  What you don't find a lot of when you run that search is what youth sports is really doing to us parents, our lifestyle and our pocketbook.  So let's get real.

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ROBBI RYAN AND $100 PRIVATE SPORTS LESSONS FOR KIDS

As Executive Director of Colorado Premier Basketball Club, I am always striving to keep our programs affordable and costs down.  I also keep an eye on our competition and always like to know what their prices are relative to ours.  Recently, during one of our price comparisons, I came across one of our competitors who was charging $100 an hour for private basketball lessons. I was shocked for about... five seconds. Then I reminded myself that the world of youth sports is insane in so many ways. There are so many societal issues that are raised by the $100 an hour private lesson, but for now I will deal with the following question: Can we buy athletic success for our children?    

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DELUSIONAL PARENT DISORDER (DPD) IN YOUTH SPORTS

I am not a psychologist.  To my knowledge, there is no confirmed condition called Delusional Parent Disorder (“DPD”).  I’m just a dad and a coach, but coaching middle school girl’s basketball for Colorado Premier Basketball Club sometimes makes me wish I had a degree in psychology!  It would certainly help me to understand the thought process of some of the 3,000 parents who have kids in our programs.  Most of the parents on our basketball club are amazing and only suffer from a mild form of DPD, which I also admit to suffering from, but there are always those extreme cases.  You know that dad or that mom.  While I simply made up the name of the disorder, it is a real problem, especially when DPD creeps into parenting a young athlete.

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LAYUPS AND REBOUNDS LAUNCHES ON OCTOBER 1!

I am excited to announce the launch of Layups and Rebounds on October 1, 2014!

This blog will be about youth sports policy and issues, parenting athletes, crazy youth sports coaches/parents and the joys and difficulties of coaching youth.  Sometimes I may even write a little about college/NBA basketball.

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