Recent Posts by Matt

Check out an article we wrote for The Conversation about the relationship between youth sports and creativity.

Over this past fall, Hook & Ladder had some exciting opportunities to share our sport development knowledge and experience with an international audience. While we really enjoyed some of the smaller-scale projects, like working with the South Korean equivalent of PBS on a documentary profiling emerging sports – they were particularly interested in talking about  Continue Reading »

If you are like me, you grew up playing sports with the kids in your neighborhood. The free time to meet up with my friends at the park or the court after school was the highlight of my day, and looking back, served to teach me a lot about who I am today. As a  Continue Reading »

  It’s a question we almost never ask, so let me explain. If you’ve been around youth sports in any capacity, you know how critical it seems to the success of a team to get its hands on “the good kid.” At the beginning of every youth season, we see the frenzy that comes along  Continue Reading »

Note: This is Part 3 in a series exploring what youth sports can learn from how video games connect with and motivate children. To read the introduction to the series and Part 1, click here. To read Part 2, click here. Point #3: Video games incorporate game design elements like levels and badges to chart  Continue Reading »