Jordyn Leopold’s dad Jordan is a defenseman in the National Hockey League and for the last season he’s played in Ohio, a long way from their family’s home in Minnesota. And before that, over the course of his 13-year career, he has played for six other teams.
Needless to say, his family is accustomed to him being far away for unfortunately long stretches of time.
But they’re over it. At least 11-year-old Jordyn is. She’s had enough and so she decided to do something about it.
A key part of learning a martial art is practicing your new skills with discipline and understanding that you’re learning this to do good in the world. To teach this, Premier Martial Arts in Leeds has a pledge that every student learns, even the tiniest little fighters there.
You know that if the first line a 3-year-old says is “I will develop myself in a positive manner” that you’re in for a rousingly adorable speech…
The way we humans act during the big game is peculiar…especially to the cats. Fortunately, this house cat has been around long enough to catch on so that he can explain the insanity to his adorable little protege…
If you’ve ever been involved in youth sports, you know that some parents and coaches are…crazy. There’s really no other way to put it. They’re absolutely nuts.
Cheering loudly or hollering to make sure your voice gets across the field is one thing, but the truly insane parents and coaches go way beyond this — berating kids, fighting with referees, throwing things, and just generally fuming as if the universe hangs in the balance and everything will be decided by a child’s game.
And nowhere is this a part of kids’ sports culture more than among the coaches, parents, and players of the Texas Youth Football Association. Here, winning is everything. Effort, teamwork, sportsmanship — all these values take a backseat…unless they’re going to improve the odds of a win.
In its first season, the Esquire Network documentary series Friday Night Tykes took a hard look at this league, focusing on how coaches behave with their young athletes. Unsurprisingly, it’s not all that great. We see coaches doing everything from swearing at their teams to — perhaps most crazy of all —instructing them to injure other players.