Youth Sports Highlight Reel

The Pros and Cons of Youth Sports Specialization and More News

By Melissa Wickes
May 16, 2024
2 min

Time for this week’s youth sports news roundup—jam-packed with exciting wins and milestones, important news, and a new scholarship opportunity for your athletes.

Youth Sports News

1. The UN Declared May 25 as World Football (read: soccer) Day.

2. Greater Youth Sports Association is increasing access to sport in Las Vegas by offering afterschool sports programs for kids in underserved areas.

3. Salt Lake City City Council members are meeting today to consider reducing field rental fees for youth sports leagues, bringing relief to orgs that have said a recent spike in rates threatened their existence.

4. The Lincoln Police Department and local youth went head to head for a game of basketball at Northeast High School—to help build relationships between youth and law enforcement.

5. [VIDEO] The first team from Hawaii to make the Little League World Series went undefeated and won on a walk-off HR!

6. A recent incident at Babe Ruth Field in Niskayuna, NY has sparked controversy, leading to a confrontation with local police.

7. The rise in sports betting amongst youth continues to cause concern.

8. A man who was believed to have retrieved two guns from a vehicle after a fight at a park in the Town of Groton Saturday caused hundreds of youth sports players and spectators to panic and has been arrested, according to police.

This Weekend’s Wins

1. Congratulations Pro Play Volleyball’s Lone Star Classic MVPs!

2. Congrats Club Fusion Volleyball 12 Heat and 12 Fire on takin the gold this weekend at the Top Flight Tournament Series!

3. Let’s hear it for Sky High Volleyball 13 Elite! 13-0 in the Gold Playoffs of the 14U Division! 

4. Shoutout to Coach Toni, Andy, Elan, Srijay, and the rest of the Valley Christian Boys who brought home the Open CCS Championship last night! 

5. Congratulations Vipers Bantam Major who took second place at Battle on the Border this weekend! 

6. Everest Academy are the finalists in the 2011 Pro Hockey Development Group Elite Division!

Youth Sports Resources

1. The pros and cons of youth sports specialization

2. How to run successful private lessons, with insights from Team Esface Basketball

3. Strategies to prevent injuries

4. The sad fate of the sports parent

5. Understanding my son, one game of catch at a time

Do you know a student-athlete who is a great writer? Or maybe one who makes awesome TikToks?

The SPORTSDOG Storytellers Contest invites athletes grades 10-12 to submit their youth sports story for the chance to win big.