24 Childrens Sports Websites That Inspire a Generation
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This very comprehensive, professional-looking site is run by Rick Wolff – a well-known US expert in the field of sports psychology and sports parenting. Rick Wolff covers a wide range of topics, not necessarily aimed at perfecting skills in the sport itself, but looking at the topic from a more holistic viewpoint. To that end, he looks at related subjects, from social media to how to handle obnoxious parents watching the game. An excellent, multi-discipline sports online resource.
This is an extremely comprehensive website that was devised by the mother of Lauren Williams – an American junior Olympian runner with an impressive track record. This site really is a case of ‘if it’s not worth knowing, it’s not on there’, as the author goes into fantastic detail about all kinds of topics related to running, from anatomy and nutrition to fashion, health and beauty to inspirational quotes. It is very easy to navigate despite the wealth of knowledge available. Not only doe sit provide useful ressports resources, it offers a fascinating story into the determination of a promising young athlete – an inspirational story if ever there was one for America’s youth.
An excellent, visually pleasing website that is billed as a ‘one stop resource’. The official website for youth football in all its shapes and forma across Scotland, this ‘one stop resource’ is certainly far-reaching in its scope. It covers all kinds of topics relating to youth football inScotland, from pitches and facilities to website links for coaches, players and clubs. An alphabetical search facility makes navigation very straightforward and there is a well-used forum for the Scottish football community to discuss queries and swop insights. This is a very impressive website indeed.
A fun website from Canada that draws the reader in from the offset with a vibrant, colourful home page and engaging images. This is clearly aimed at the notorious ‘hockey moms’ who cheer on their youngsters and fuel their ambition. The site is serious and offers excellent advice, yet it somehow still manages to poke gentle fun at this all-American (or in this case, Canadian) parental phenomenon. It is well designed and interesting to read, with some useful – and practical – advice on how to support your child in the sport.
Coach Parker’s blog focuses on youth American football and is written by a volunteer coach from Colorado. He offers strategic advice – there are separate pages dedicated to drills, offence and defence tactics – and more general talk about his own team and goals for their development. A good read for coaches, but also for the sports stdents themselves and their parents and supporters.
This US site is aimed at any and all sports and is written by Janis B Meredith – a coach’s wife and self-professed ‘sports mom’. She has embraced the best aspects of the ‘sports mom’ cliche wholeheartedly and talks directly to fellow parents in this attractive and engaging website that is full of snappy blog posts offering good advice. She also promotes her own copywriting services and life coaching on the site, yet this is still relevant as she has much experience writing about sport in general – and youth sports and parental life coaching and advice in particular. Janis’s website has been designed to appeal more to female visitors, however, her his site would be useful for any parent or professional with an interest in and connection to youth sport in the US and beyond.
A large and highly informative resource, this website is the official website for AYF – American Youth Football. It covers both American football and cheerleading, focusing on news, events opinion pieces and membership. There are also some useful links to other sites about the sport and details about the AYF itself. This is a must-read for anyone with an interest in the sport – and the up-and-coming, future generations of American football stars
The website offers a slightly unusual approach to youth football training and resources, in that it was set up to host videos related to the sport, whether they are training demonstrations or footage of matches during play. To upload a video, you must register and also have a You Tube account. An interesting, motivational approach to learning more about the sport via a well designed, technically impressive website.
More of a personal account, the site is run by an Australian mother of three sporty children. She looks at feeding her ‘hyper-active’ youngsters and offers recipes and nutritional tips to help them stay healthy while pursuing their various sports. She also writes about dyspraxia, coming at it from the viewpoint of a parent who has a child with the condition. This offers less practical advice than some sites, but there is plenty of intelligent insight, as well as several delicious meal ideas that are also healthy and nutritious.
Bold and brash, this site reflects the vibrancy and thrill of US youth football and cheerleading. There are plenty of images and some really interesting articles, giving details of events, news opinions and tactics. The fresh, youthful feel of the site continues with clear links to active social media outlets, including Facebook, Twitter and You Tube.
Visitors to this site will find it rather text heavy, with lengthy articles and few images. However, if you are prepared to dig deep and ignore the slightly ‘technical’ feel, there are some very useful articles. The site’s author is not afraid to tackle hard-hitting topics, such as doping within youth sports or inappropriate behaviour by adults towards children in their care.
John Carrier is a youth basketball coach, who uses his blog to share his passion and to offer insights and advice to other coaches and enthusiasts. The blog is attractive, with clever use of basketball imagery as a semi-opaque backdrop. He goes into quite some technical detail, including diagrams, when discussing various suggested tactics, which will prove very useful for professionals in the field. It is, perhaps, a little less accessible to the casual basketball fan.
This blog is all about high school sports in the Lower Hudson Valley in New York State. As well as news of the youth football and basketball teams, the blog’s two authors also include a link to a wider high school sports site with news and feature articles about various youth sports. A little hard to navigate, but there are some useful resources in there.
A former coach and lifelong fan of local boys’ basketball is behind this basketball site aimed at team members and supporters of Twin City Hoops High School boys’ basketball. A vibrant orange and black colour-scheme set the tone for the website, which is written in an upbeat tone with plenty of detail about the various local team’s track records, upcoming games, team members and successes. No real playing tips or advice here, but visitors will not fail to be inspired by the author’s enthusiastic writing.
A multi-discipline Canadian sports site that is aimed at youth sports coaches. It offers tips, strategies and advice on communications and issues management that might crop up along the way. It is written by two sports communications experts and the articles are well-crafted and interesting to read, albeit not the most imaginatively laid out on the screen.
This British website is not particularly pleasing on the eye – the dense black text, lists of clickable links and a lack of images all serve to lessen its visual impact. However, the content is solid and extremely helpful, with multiple links to articles on skills, practice plans and coaching articles. A useful, comprehensive resource for youth football in the UK and beyond.
Kids in the Game is a US not-for-profit organisation that provides opportunities and resources to get children from deprived backgrounds into sport. Their website supplies details on how to get involved and donate, as well as how to benefit from their services. There are also several testimonials that are well worth reading.
The website for theUSnot-for profit organisation Positive Coaching Alliance. This site is attractive and well designed for easy navigation. It has plenty of resources and well-written articles aimed at youth sports coaches. Free coaching tips are emailed to subscribers weekly and there is also a free e-newsletter to sign up for and a very helpful question and answer section.
Very attractive site, with fun graphics and easy navigation. This US website covers a wide-range of issues and topics within youth athletics. The blog is especially valuable, with informative, lively articles giving advice about subjects such as how to photograph youth athletics, or the joys of exercising in the rain.
This is the website of a top US hospital for children and teens, the Children’s Colorado Hospital. Not focused specifically on sports, this attractive site nonetheless carries useful information on health and wellness, as well as in depth articles about the conditions treated at the hospital. A worthwhile read for anyone interested in sports injuries, physiotherapy and health and fitness in general.
This site is hard-hitting in its tone and design, which is not surprising as it tackles a the difficult topic of protecting children from inappropriate adult behaviour in sports coaching. It offers advice in sensitively written articles and is a useful resource for both those involved in sports coaching, as well as for concerned parents.
Attractively designed, this blog is written to support the author’s book The Joy of Youth Sports. Written by Jeffrey Rhoads, the blog is nonetheless useful, with a good range of topics of interest to students, parents and coaches alike, including ‘helicopter parents’. The tone is upbeat and the articles well-crafted.
The main website is, first and foremost, a publicity tool for inspirational American football youth coach, Dave Cisar’s book and DVD on the subject. That said, he also has a ‘free blog’ that offers some good tips and interesting insight into the teams he has coached, or is currently looking after. Some good images in this blog, mainly of him and his teams on the pitch.
This US site appears at first glance to have plenty of resources to help with practical tactics and strategies. However, many of the links lead to items that are available to purchase, e.g. books or DVDs. However, there are a few gems lurking on the site if you are prepared to look for them. The ‘basketball locker room’ forum is worth a browse.