Ask Kids What They WantBy John Pearce and Ariana Smaldone On Saturday, February 2nd youth sailors Will Levy, Mallory Edwards, and Sydney Monahan, ages 16, 17, and 18 respectively, took command of a room full of sailing leaders at the National Sailing Program Symposium (NSPS) in Jacksonville, Florida. Their panel discussion, titled “Ask Kids What They Want,” took place…Read More
Age-Based Guide To Goal Setting With Roberta Kraus, PH.D.This article is brought to by US Sailing in partnership with TrueSport While it makes intuitive sense that effective goals for fourth graders differ from those made by juniors in high school, it’s important for parents and coaches to understand how to help youth athletes make and achieve appropriate goals. Dr. Roberta Kraus is a…Read More
Grit: How to Get Back Up After FailureThis article is brought to by US Sailing in partnership with TrueSport Failures are guaranteed in life and in sport, but often times, the way coaches and parents respond to failure will either crush a young athlete’s confidence or inspire them to take advantage of a valuable learning moment. To help kids develop greater resilience,…Read More
Dear Youth Sailors… Sincerely, College Sailingby Tyler Colvin, Assistant Sailing Coach, Old Dominion University Dear Youth Sailors, Welcome to college sailing in 2019. While college sailing has a long and storied history, as a sport, it has grown and changed drastically in the last 20 years. However, the popular perceptions of college sailing and the college admissions process haven’t necessarily…Read More
The Importance of Accountable Sports ParentsThis article is brought to by US Sailing in partnership with TrueSport Youth sports parents play many different roles: former (or current) athlete, coach, fan, motivator, role model, critic, and maybe most importantly, influencer. Studies have shown that family members may influence an athlete’s involvement and achievement in sport even more than coaches. Parents…Read More
Must-Read Book Recommendations from America’s Top Coaches and Athletesby John Pearce, US Sailing Youth Director The summer racing season may be over, but fall is a great time to keep improving as a sailor and a competitor. US Sailing asked a group of the top coaches and sailing athletes in America what books they read to stay sharp and motivated, while consistently making…Read More
Youth Sailing: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone This Summer!
With Opti Team Trials over, and the high school sailing season winding down, many youth racers are considering the question, what’s next? Sailing is a sport with almost unlimited options, from day sailing to offshore passages, dinghies to schooners, skiffs to cats, kiting, foiling… the list goes on. What a great time to be a sailor.Read More