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This year’s Teen Choice Awards will take place August 10 on FOX tv. The awards show which celebrates the hottest teen icons in film, television, music, sports and fashion is now open for voting.  There are 11 female athletes nominated for this year’s award:

For Choice Female Athlete the choices are:

Shawn Johnson (also nominated for Choice Female Reality/Variety Show Star)
Nastia Liukin
Danica Patrick
Kerri Walsh and Misty May Treanor
Serena Williams

For Female Action Sports Athlete the nominees are:

Gretchen Bleiler (Snowboarding)
Torah Bright (Snowboarding)
Stephanie Gilmore (Surfing)
Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins (Skateboarding)
Carissa Moore (Surfing)

You can vote daily from now until the awards show, so cast your vote for your favorite athlete (and movie, tv show, etc)!

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soccer-momAs a coach I have always recommended that parents NOT watch every single practice (see my article on watching practice from a while back)- for many reasons, but as a sports parent I know that sometimes it’s hard to drop off your child at practice and go run errands, go home or do anything but watch practice – you worry you might miss something.

I often compare sitting and watching sports practices to sitting in your child’s classroom all day everyday – would you really do it? The practice field, gym, pool, studio, etc are also your child’s classroom. Parents watching every practice are distracting to the kids – and it is very difficult for you as a parent not to get wrapped up in the moment to moment actions of your child. When you watch just at competitions or watch for one part of practice every few weeks or so, you can see the learning that has occurred – you can’t see it when you are involved in it daily.

I got an email today from The Ultimate Sports Parent on “How to help your sports kids take more risks” and I had to share it with you! Basically because it serves as yet another set of reasons why you should not spend so much time in the bleachers watching every move SusieQ makes. With their permission, here is the article in full:

Sports parents, did it ever occur to you that spending too much time watching your kids practice their sport makes it hard for them to take risks and grow as athletes?

Huh? You might ask. What’s the link between watching them practice and ensuring they take risks? And what are the benefits of risk-taking, anyway?

Read on…. You’ll learn what former pro baseball player Tommy Weber has to say about this topic.

Weber is now coaching kids’ instructional clinics. He thinks parents spend too much time hanging around sports practices in ways that inhibit kids’ ability to perform and have fun.

“If we truly want kids to play-that’s an important word-playing-there is a certain level of supervision that helps kids participate and enjoy themselves more. When Mom or Dad is there, I see kids looking to see if Mom or Dad saw them miss the ball.”

The truth is, he says, having parents attend practices too often can put pressure on the kids.

“They know their dad is up there making sure they do it the way their dad told them to do it. It inhibits them for reaching for something beyond their grasp and something they wouldn’t do within the confines of parental supervision,” he says.

As a coach, Weber wants his kids to take risks, try to do difficult things, make mistakes and feel safe. “What parents want is for kids to do well,” he says. “It puts a lot of pressure on the kids.”

Here at and, we agree that it’s critical for kids to take risks. When kids take risks and make mistakes, they learn and grow. Take ice skating, for example. If kids aren’t willing to fall down, it’s unlikely they’re going to learn how to skate!

If you want your kids to take essential risks, it’s important for you to let them develop their own passions. Says Weber, “My father was also a professional baseball player. He allowed me to develop my own passion. A parent’s job is to find something your kid loves to do and encourage him,” he says.

You should also be very careful about how you give your athletes feedback. If you criticize them too much, they’ll avoid making mistakes. That means they’ll start playing tentatively and will avoid taking risks. They’ll play scared. That’s not a good recipe for learning and growing!

What’s more, be sure to find positive things to say about your child’s performance. If they feel supported by you, they’re more likely to try new things. They’ll play or perform with more creativity, which will likely lead to important growth.

Award winning parenting writer Lisa Cohn and Youth Sports Psychology expert Dr. Patrick Cohn are co-founders of The Ultimate Sports Parent. Pick up their free e-book, “Ten Tips to Improve Confidence and Success in Young Athletes” by visiting

What do you think? Do you agree with the theory that watching practice makes kids less likely to take risks? I do.

As parents you come up with a million reasons to stay, but trust me, your athlete will be fine! Gather up a group of parents and go outside and walk during practice; run errands; take your laptop and read Sports Girls Play and some of the other sites listed on my sidebar (sorry, couldn’t help myself ;-) ); or if you must stay, don’t watch every minute.

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Today is the 37th Anniversary of the Title IX – the legislation that has been so monumental in womens’ and girls’ sports participation. In celebration, the Women’s Sports Foundation will be holding a live roundtable discussion at the White House. You can join it live at

Additionally, the WSF put together a video featuring seven outstanding female athletes (like Natalie Coughlin and Jennie Finch) in celebration of Title IX’s anniversary:

Opportunities in sports are so important for our girls! The lessons they learn through sports make them such better citizens, develops self esteem, fitness, and empowers them in all aspects of their lives.

How has Title IX benefited your participation in sports?

In celebration of Title IX, I would like to share some of my favorite women’s sports websites with you:

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