Richard Verlander (Dad of MLB Superstar Justin): Most Precious For Parents To Give Child Is Their Time

Being the father of an athlete is a challenging yet rewarding role. Last year, MomsTEAM designated the entire month as National Sports Dads Month and invited some veteran sports dads to share their wisdom by responding to a series of questions. One of the dads we heard from was Richard Verlander, father of Detroit Tiger superstar pitcher, former Cy Young winner and American League Most Valuable Player, Justin Verlander. With Justin and the Tigers battling the Red Sox for the pennant in the American League Championship Series, we thought MomsTEAM readers might like to see what Richard had to say about being Justin's dad, so we are reprising his interview.

Margaret Stafford Taught NFL QB Matthew To Feel Confident, Not Entitled

Role models are hidden in our everyday lives and neighborhoods. You just have to find them. Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Margaret Stafford, mother of Detroit Lions quarterback, Matthew. As I journey further down the football mom tunnel, I thought it might be a good idea to pick up some tips from the best. Margaret did not disappoint. After all, she is a pro now, too!Matt Stafford

A Dallas football mom learns from her neighbor, Margaret Stafford, that the secret to the success of her son, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, both on and off the field is to be confident, but not feel entitled. 

Soccer Development Academies: Elite or Elitist?

Over the weekend I posted a link in the @MomsTeam Twitter account to an article in the New York Times titled "High School Players Forced to Choose in Soccer's New Way."  My tweet generated a lot of buzz, and, as I had commented in the past on the way sports talent is developed in this country, I thought it would be a great topic for a blog.

The United States Soccer Federation's (USSF) recent mandate that elite soccer players who play for Development Academy teams will not be allowed to play for their high school soccer teams after this season is wrong and misleading, says MomsTeam guest blogger, Emily Cohen.

Athletic Success: An Accident of Birth?

If your child plays hockey or softball and is celebrating a birthday this month, congratulations, your kid is very lucky!

Why is that, you may ask?

Numerous studies have shown give kids in sports where teams are grouped by age born early in the age-group year (January for hockey and softball, May for baseball, and August for soccer) a number of advantages over their younger teammates.  Should success in sports really depend on the month of an athlete's birthday?

Love of Sport Must Come From Child, Not Parents

Four-time Olympic medalist Angela Ruggiero says the love of sport must come from within each child; it can't be from their parents. 

Be Realistic, See Big Picture In Assessing Child's Athletic Talent, Says Olympian Ruggiero

Four-time Olympic women's ice hockey medalist, Angela Ruggiero, says parents should be realistic in evaluating their child's level of talent by looking at the big picture.

Achieving Athletic Success: 10 Essential Ingredients

Four-time Olympic medalist Angela Ruggiero lists 10 essential ingredients for achieving athletic success.

Struggling With Body Image: Helping Your Daughter Love Her Athletic Body

Two-time Olympic track cyclist Erin Mirabella advises parents that if their athletic daughter has body image issues, they should drive home the message that she is beautiful just the way she is, and as far as beauty goes, what really matters is on the inside.

Article Exposes Flaws In Way American Youth Sports System Develops Talent

A piece by Michael Sokolove called "How a Soccer Star is Made" in the New York Times Magazine  is a must-read article for sports parents, not just for the fascinating glimpse it provides into the way a famous Dutch soccer club grooms athletes for pro careers but because it exposes serious flaws in the way the American youth sports system develops talent.

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