Your Kid’s Not Going Pro

A Youth Sports Blog


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n1152725890_336172_74046551A youth sports blog written by Bob Cook. He contributes to, or, if you prefer. He’s delivered sports commentaries for All Things Considered. For three years he wrote the weekly “Kick Out the Sports!” column for Flak Magazine.

Most importantly for this blog, Bob is a father of four who is in the throes of being a sports parent and youth coach in an inner-ring suburb of Chicago. He reserves the right to change names to protect the innocent and the extremely, extremely guilty.

Email Bob at rkcookjr <a> comcast-dot-net.  He is happy to answer your questions for the benefit of befuddled and fuddled youth sports coaches and parents everywhere. You can follow him on Twitter here.

Photo taken 2-28-09 by his 11-year-old son before the Zero Boys hit the stage at the ES Jungle in Indianapolis. Sports ain’t the only way to bond, you know.

Written by rkcookjr

December 31, 2008 at 6:44 pm

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  1. Bob – I found you thru Mark Hyman a writer and youth sports activist. Mark has appeared with us on the Athletes Parents Show a few times and I found your blog very interesting and a good topic for our weekly radio show. Please email me at and I can explain what we do. I’d love to have you as a guest on the show and promote your blog.

    Mickey Hiter

    May 16, 2009 at 11:46 pm

  2. My son had a coach who ran these kids (U11 at the time into a misera and my son had never run before..and he is pokey. They ran a mile and it was also a hot day. He collapsed and starting vomiting…and crying…the coach walked away as if to say he was not going to baby him. Later I asked her we would know when enough was enough, and she replied, “I don’t know, I’m not a doctor. That was just one of the nasty times we had with her. I filed a complaint to the soccer club with a list of a good 20 issues. Up to the state level next. Up to the national level. Not one person will even discuss it. I am planning to file a smail claim this week as I have asked for the tuitition to be reimbursed. I havent run into the likes of her since, but a few more situations where he is rather dismissesd because he isn’t running fast enough. And not one of them has every worked with him on it. There is information all over the planet on this topic, so why do they choose to ignore it? Very few people well say stand up and say or do anything. I don’t blame themm. It’s no fun. But, I just can’t subject my son to whatever is happenning because. Number two, why do so many people remain ignorant to this very commonly discussed topic. I don’t even like the thought of going to court, but it is my only opportunity to be heard since everyone is stonewalling.

    Debbie Schwarm

    May 17, 2009 at 5:09 am

  3. boy, sorry about that first sentence… having trouble staying awake.

    Debbie Schwarm

    May 17, 2009 at 5:10 am

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