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.
One of the questions I have been getting over and over is, "What can we really do about it?" To be completely honest, we are dealing with some very complex and serious issues, and while the issues arise in the youth sports environment, the problems really begin at a deeper societal level.
Change will start in the home. I can make my suggestions based on my experience as a former professional athlete, father of four and youth coach, but ultimately change will come by parents contributing to an open dialogue that allows us to more accurately evaluate what we should be teaching our kids to value and what success for them actually looks like. It is important to have up-to-date statistics and information that help us make the best decisions we can for our children, and I plan on providing that information in future posts.
I hope that this blog can continue to be a platform for dialogue, along with so many other great websites, blogs and programs out there, so that everyone involved in youth sports can lead happier and healthier lives. I have learned so much just from your comments, messages and emails and you are helping me to be a better parent, coach and youth sports program director at Colorado Premier Basketball Club.
Thanks to all of you!
-Keith Van Horn - I'm a husband, father, entrepreneur, coach, writer and former University of Utah All-American and NBA Basketball Player. I blog about youth sports policy and issues, parenting young athletes, college basketball and occasionally a little more.