Episode 56

What Makes a Successful Youth Sports Practice?


We've all heard the phrase "practice makes perfect." But is it possible to construct the perfect practice?

Well, nothing’s perfect. But that doesn't mean your practice can’t be a resounding success!

We asked volunteer coach Clint Schumacher for his thoughts on what makes a successful practice. Clint has extensive experience in youth sports, coaching all three of his sons in two different sports. Topics covered include: Does the definition of a successful practice vary across sports? What are the common elements of a great practice? Are full-team scrimmages good for players or not? Is the post-game ice cream party an appropriate reward for a hard practice?

If you've got practice coming up, this is the episode for you!

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TeamSnap Podcast host, Emily Cohen, dreams of living in a world where kids can enjoy sports for the pleasure of a well-hit ball, a faster time, or a corner goal – one without helicopter parents managing their every move. As a youth sports blogger, she’s been honored to write for TeamSnap for over half a decade, and now she’s taking her wit and wisdom to the airwaves with her new podcast that tackles issues relating to youth sports.

As a Cal grad and long-time Bay Area resident, Emily Cohen knows a thing or two about sports. With two very active teenage athletes, she is well-versed in bleacher-sitting and the conduct of sports parents – the good, the bad, and the ugly. Some topics close to her heart include sideline etiquette, injury prevention, and good old-fashioned sportsmanship.

When she’s not on the tennis court, at a game, or managing her kids’ teams, she’s writing snappy marketing copy for technology companies, walking her dog, or learning to play the drums.

Follow Emily’s podcasts and learn more about how to support your children in their athletic pursuits at podcast.teamsnap.com. You can also follow Emily on Twitter at @emilygcohen or email her at emily.cohen@teamsnap.com.

Release Date: May 11 2016


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