Category Archives: Youth

Pick-Up Sports: A Vital Part of Athlete Development

Written on January 30, 2013 at 4:48 pm, by

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 »

What if We Didn’t Treat All-Stars like a Rare, Finite Resource?

Written on January 9, 2013 at 9:58 pm, by

  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 »

Mythbusting Video Games as “The Problem,” Part 3: Levels and Badges

Written on December 17, 2012 at 5:02 pm, by

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 »

Mythbusting Video Games as “The Problem,” Part 2: Process vs. Outcome

Written on December 14, 2012 at 7:17 pm, by

Note: This is Part 2 in a series exploring what youth sports can learn from how video games connect with and motivate children. To read the introduction to this series and the first installment, click here. Point #2: Video Games create an environment where failure is part of the learning process.┬áHave you ever sat and  Continue Reading »

Mythbusting Video Games as “The Problem,” Part 1: Feedback

Written on December 12, 2012 at 6:20 pm, by

When we are out working with an organization, one of the most common questions we get – especially from frustrated parents – is “Why would my kid rather sit inside playing video games than be out running around with his/her friends?” This question usually is then followed by a long speech about how the parent  Continue Reading »

Hook & Ladder takes Slate.com “Reader’s Pick” for Anti-Obesity Proposal

Written on March 22, 2011 at 8:27 pm, by

Slate.com just wrapped up “Time To Trim,” a month-long crowdsourcing project aimed at generating new ideas about how to reduce childhood obesity in the United States. When voting closed, Hook & Ladder’s proposal entitled “Push Play Instead of Push-Ups” finished with a comfortable lead to become the top “Reader’s Pick” among the 345 total entries.  Continue Reading »