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Tennis, anyone?

Jill signed up her daughters, ages five and seven, for tennis lessons at an indoor club in Vista, N.Y., on the border of Fairfield County, Conn. She requested that her daughters be grouped together, a request that was approved by a club employee. Upon showing up for the first lesson, Jill learned that her

Tennis, anyone?2019-01-23T15:30:47+00:00

Too slow to throw

For too long we have tolerated time-wasting on throw-ins. Players protecting a lead have turned clock-milking into an art form. They amble to the ball. They pretend to wipe it dry. They rear back, only to fake the toss while gaining a few yards and burning a few more seconds. Next, they express mock

Too slow to throw2019-01-23T15:30:01+00:00

She’s a special player, just ask her dad

Jim took up a spot on the sideline for his daughter’s first travel soccer game. As the game began, another father, Teddy, stepped up beside him. Quickly, Jim learned that Teddy held his own daughter in especially high regard. “Take it all the way, Kris!” Teddy bellowed. “Only four more players to beat, Kris!”

She’s a special player, just ask her dad2019-01-23T15:28:41+00:00

Travel team prisoner

Scott has a 16-year-old son who plays soccer. The boy had played on the same travel team from age eight through age 15. Frustrated at the team’s lack of success, Scott arranged to have his son try out for a more competitive team. When his son made the team, Scott went to tell the

Travel team prisoner2019-01-23T15:26:52+00:00

Hold keepers to the clock

Remember the rule that keepers have to play the ball within six seconds of possessing it? Apparently, some referees don't either. During the World Cup, time and again keepers laid on balls, like a bird hatching an egg, or slow-stepped to the top of the box, draining well more than six seconds. On goal kicks,

Hold keepers to the clock2018-12-11T02:45:41+00:00

Stick a card on that mouth

It happens all too often in soccer. From the opening whistle, the ref puts up with smack talk. He fails to push back, and with each disputed call the rant grows. Before you know it, three or four players are ganging up and screaming in the ref's face. Exhibit A unfolded at the 2018 World

Stick a card on that mouth2018-12-11T01:52:19+00:00

Curfew kerfuffle

On a Saturday night, Jeff took his eight-year-old son Chip to see a men's college hockey game. The game ended at 10 p.m. As soon as they got home, Chip went to bed so he could rest up for his own hockey game the next morning.             Chip rose at 6:30 and got

Curfew kerfuffle2018-11-29T02:18:32+00:00

Balloons on the Mailbox

The Parent-Teacher Organization at a high school offers people a thoughtful way to congratulate seniors during the week leading to their graduation. For five dollars, people can buy a balloon that says, “Congrats Grad!”, and write a personal message on an index card that is taped to the balloon. A PTO volunteer attaches

Balloons on the Mailbox2018-10-22T01:13:49+00:00

Dad Plans Ahead for Softball Prodigy

Dad Plans Ahead for Softball Prodigy The athletic director at a New Jersey high school took a phone call one day from a father who was considering moving to either that town or a neighboring town. The father explained that his daughter played softball. He wanted to know about the school’s program –

Dad Plans Ahead for Softball Prodigy2018-10-22T01:14:27+00:00

Stop with Stoppage Time

Why does only one person know when a soccer match will end? It’s time to do away with extra time and the controversy it often invites. Here’s how it could work. The ref starts each half with 45 minutes on his watch. The watch is synched with a clock on the scoreboard. Each

Stop with Stoppage Time2018-10-22T01:14:37+00:00