Are Travel Teams Essential?

Are Travel Teams Essential?

Should my nine-year-old play on an elite team? Many of her friends are doing this, but I worry that it will be too much stress and infringe too much on our family time.

Sudjana Kerton (Indonesian, 1922–1994), Anak-Anak Bermain (Children at Play) , 1989. Oil on canvas.

When Should My Child Start Organized Sports?

My child is five years old. A lot of the parents around me are busy choosing a sport or sports for their child. But I’m not sure it’s the right time for him to start organized sports yet.


Too Much, Too Soon

Like millions of American boys, Joey Smith dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player.


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Some Tips For Youth Sports Parents, Time Magazine

We’ve known for a long time that the youth sports environment is toxic. You hear the news stories – in Colorado this summer, for example, a brawl broke out amongst parents following a baseball game for 10-year-olds.

Investigative Stories

Winslow-Homer, Snap the Whip, 1872, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Let Them Be | Parabola Magazine | Winter 2013-2014

America’s children are being robbed of their childhood. It’s as simple as that. Play used to be the way we discovered ourselves and explored the world around us. Perhaps it was at a sandlot, where–glove in hand–we argued with friends, […]

Athlete Profiles

Antonio Margarito

Antonio Margarito | | July 2008

Antonio Margarito was finishing his third set of abdominal crunches on a breezy evening in late April when he was told of the confrontation unfolding on the street outside the Gimnasio Azteca. The newly crowned IBF welterweight champion bounded up […]