Let Them ALL Play! The Spectrum and Impacting Youth Sports: A YSPN360 Q&A with David Dagostino

It took less than one minute to realize that David Dagostino was going to be an incredible addition to the YSPN360 Community. Maybe 10 seconds, actually, or whatever the time it takes to glance over a resume. Not just a resume, mind you, but a RESUME-resume. The kind that makes you tilt your head, glancing… Read More »Let Them ALL Play! The Spectrum and Impacting Youth Sports: A YSPN360 Q&A with David Dagostino

YSPN360 Coaching Spotlight: Tripp MacKay Sets Building Blocks During First Year at KSU

From working up the ladder at the University of Oklahoma and then on to the University of Texas—two great softball programs—YSPN360 coach Tripp MacKay faced his biggest challenge yet in June of 2018, when he announced that he would be trading in his hat as UT’s assistant softball coach to become the head coach at… Read More »YSPN360 Coaching Spotlight: Tripp MacKay Sets Building Blocks During First Year at KSU

Changing the Game, Keeping the Dream: NPF Opening Day 2019

When you think of Opening Day chances are, you think of baseball. The end of March into the beginning of April, with imagery of the ol’ MLB. Stadiums are packed across America, with young and old. There are powerful echoes of the National Anthem, followed by breathtaking flyovers. There are first pitches—and then there are… Read More »Changing the Game, Keeping the Dream: NPF Opening Day 2019

Misdirected Snowballs: The Problem of Parents’ Unhinged Behavior at Youth Sporting Events

While a story about a 19-year-old kid dressed as Santa Claus, getting pelted with snowballs on a cold Philadelphia day by even colder Philadelphia fans, is an unlikely correlation with the current sideline behavior that sometimes shows up at youth sporting events, here we are. If you don’t know the story of Frank Olivo, here’s… Read More »Misdirected Snowballs: The Problem of Parents’ Unhinged Behavior at Youth Sporting Events

“Lessonized” Pt. 2: Results-Based Psychology

Like I said in the previous post, the issue of youth athletes becoming “lessonized” is…complicated. I have kids. I want to see them do well, but I’ve always tried to set things up in a way that they choose what they want to do. If they are not good at something, I tell them the… Read More »“Lessonized” Pt. 2: Results-Based Psychology

“Lessonized” Pt. 1: The Youth Sports Trend is… Complicated

Kids all around the country have private coaches. Private hitting lessons, pitching lessons, private quarterback coaches, private hockey lessons, the list goes on and on and on and…well, you get the point. And when thinking about the amount of private coaching currently out there, the question I have is complicated—actually, it’s complicated questions, not just… Read More »“Lessonized” Pt. 1: The Youth Sports Trend is… Complicated

What Does that Mean? Tommy John Surgery Enters the Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Stan. Swole. EGOT. Tommy John surgery. Somewhere between the letter “A” and Zyzzogeton, Merriam-Webster this month updated the heftiness of its storied pages, adding 640 new words that we can all—WAIT, WHAT?! Tommy John…surgery? Huh. And so…so, it is. Planet Earth can now use, without judgment from scholastic sticklers and picky wordsmiths, the name synonymous… Read More »What Does that Mean? Tommy John Surgery Enters the Merriam-Webster Dictionary

A YSPN360 Story of Determination—Pt. 2: It’s Where the Pitcher—Not the Pitch—Ended Up

I learned a great lesson during my first year of coaching, and I’m so glad I was aware enough to receive it. I was a pitching coach at a junior college in So Cal. It was my first college job. I was motivated. I was excited to help our team win! Because there were so… Read More »A YSPN360 Story of Determination—Pt. 2: It’s Where the Pitcher—Not the Pitch—Ended Up

A Softball Star is Born: The NPF Prepares for a Fun-Filled 2019 Draft Day in Nashville

You take a deep breath and shake out the nerves. You’ve faced the toughest opponents, claimed a division title and played on the biggest stage, but none of them quite felt as terrifying as this. Your breath catches as the MC yells out your name. You’ve made it. You just got drafted to the National… Read More »A Softball Star is Born: The NPF Prepares for a Fun-Filled 2019 Draft Day in Nashville

On the Corner and Over the Blue Line: Getting to Know YSPN360 Coach and NPF Catcher, Kristyn Sandberg

A force on the field, Kristyn Sandberg has made a name for herself in the National Pro Fastpitch League since her debut eight years ago. A dual threat, she has hit over 40 home runs and knocked in 148 at the plate while being an impenetrable wall behind it. Her talented abilities have made her… Read More »On the Corner and Over the Blue Line: Getting to Know YSPN360 Coach and NPF Catcher, Kristyn Sandberg

A YSPN360 Story of Determination—Pt. 1: There is Only One Davey Lopes

Being good at anything doesn’t always come easily, I think we can all agree on that. We’ve all seen the Can’t-Miss, Youth League All-Star graduate to high school sports…struggle…and then disappear from the landscape. Hey, it happens! Sports can be brutal, and if you’re paying attention and seek the truth, it’s always there—in BIG BOLD… Read More »A YSPN360 Story of Determination—Pt. 1: There is Only One Davey Lopes

Play. Coach. Parent. Inspired. Welcome to the YSPN360 Blog!

“A common mistake among those who work in sport is spending a disproportional amount of time on “x’s and o’s” as compared to time spent learning about people.” Mike Krzyzewski, Duke Basketball Coach K has a good point there, one that is often easily overlooked. And this doesn’t evade the youth sports level, either. Whether… Read More »Play. Coach. Parent. Inspired. Welcome to the YSPN360 Blog!