Stephen Michael Kerr
Stephen has covered sports as a journalist for over 30 years. His passion for creating a better sports environment for kids led him to devote his full attention to tackling issues facing youth sports. Follow him on Twitter: @smkwriter1
College Hockey | Quinnipiac's Maddy Samoskevich Is Blazing Her Own Trail
Sibling rivalries are a normal part of life in an athletic family. The desire to outdo one another can get rather intense. Quinnipiac Bobcats freshman Maddy Samoskevich has a scar above her eye to prove it.
Want to Play College Sports? Read This First
It’s a no-brainer that a high school athlete seeking a college scholarship needs to have the talent to get noticed. But players and parents are so focused on developing physical skills, they don’t realize talent is just one of the ingredients needed for a recipe to success.
5 Ways Young Athletes Can Be Competitive and Still Have Fun
I recently interviewed Stephen Nedoroscik, a male gymnast who will represent Team USA at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics as a pommel horse specialist. During the course of our conversation, he mentioned briefly quitting the sport when he was about 10 years old.
How to Resolve the Officiating Crisis Facing Youth Sports
Rico Phillips will never forget his first experience as a sports official. It was in the 1980’s, and the Flint, Michigan native was only 17. Shortly after he began officiating youth hockey games, an assistant coach shouted a racial slur at him after disagreeing with a call.
Stop the Cheating In Youth Sports!
When Major League Baseball found the Houston Astros guilty of using modern technology and banging trash cans to steal signs during the 2017 season, it created a firestorm throughout all of sports. One school of thought claimed the team was just taking advantage of resources available to get an edge. Many others believed the scandal was a black eye on the game, and the team should have its World Series championship stripped from them.
How to Support Your Team When You're Not Playing
When an athlete makes the team, do they want to sit on the bench? Of course not. Anyone who tells you otherwise isn’t being truthful. Sure, kids often get into sports because they love it or they want to hang out with their friends. But no one wants to be a backup, or worse, not play because they’re injured.
Why Free Play Still Has a Place In Youth Sports
When I was growing up, parents thought nothing of allowing their children to play pickup games in the street or a neighborhood park. Kids would choose teams, play by their own rules, and resolve conflicts (yes, sometimes fights would break out). This was usually accomplished without adult intervention.