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Some schools quitting healthier lunch programs

After just one year, some schools around the country are dropping out of the healthier new federal lunch program, complaining that so many students turned up their noses at meals packed with whole grains, fruits and vegetables that the cafeterias were losing money.<p>Federal officials say they don't …

Adults Are Thinking Too Hard About How To Make Youth Sports Fun

I appreciate the sentiment of the researchers behind the study, “The Fun Integration Theory: Towards Sustaining Children and Adolescents Sport Participation,” but as a youth sports coach and parent I can assure you this: there is no way myself and the many other coaches and parents are going to use …

Is It Time for a National Sports Commission?

The United States is one of the few countries in the world that doesn't have a national, government-sponsored (at least to a degree) sports commission, sports ministry, or some other entity that plays a significant role in the development of the country's sports policy.<p>Unlike most countries around …

A Lot of Kids Think It's Normal to Play Rough in Sports

More than one-fourth of kids say it’s normal to purposely foul hard and “send a message” when they’re playing sports, according to a new survey on …

Costs for youth sports set to spiral ... again

Got your back-to-school shopping finished? If so, chances are your wallet feels a little lighter than it did this time last year.<p>Back-to-school spending is on track to rise 3 percent overall in 2014, according to the National Retail Federation. Families with kids in elementary, middle and high …

The Guide To Effective Youth Sports Parents Complaining

As we start a new year of sports — it begins in fall-ish, not Jan. 1 — let me remind you parents that, as far as coaches, youth sports organizations and schools are concerned, you have two jobs: provide your offspring, and shut up. The reputation of sports parents is so low, Minnesota has gone so …