A year ago, youth sports — like just about every other aspect of our lives — were put on hold. No Little League baseball. No youth soccer. No flag football. The COVID-19 pandemic has meant mostly staying home, avoiding crowds and keeping bats, balls, gloves and cleats on the shelf, except for maybe a backyard […]
Joe LoVerde is a local sportswriter and has been coaching youth sports in Staten Island for nearly 40 years.
Your child tells you she wants to try out for a travel sports team. Before saying yes, it’s important that you realize just what you are getting yourself into. There are a lot of positives about having your child play on a travel team, be it soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, football, hockey or any other […]
It’s no easy task, especially when you have multiple children playing on multiple teams. When those children attend different schools with different dismissal times, and the sports events are at different locations, the strategizing gets more complex. But rest assured — you can do this! Here are some tips to help you survive the next […]
“It’s not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.” That’s not exactly the way the late Grantland Rice, a sportswriter for the long-defunct New York Tribune in the early 1900s, phrased it in his poem “Alumnus Football,” but it’s the way it’s best remembered. And it came to mind when listening to professional […]
January 2015. The little boy and his dad crossed the street from their Sunnyside home nearly every afternoon and headed for the park, the dad toting a large duffle bag filled with all types of sports equipment. They’d play baseball, football, basketball and even lace on boxing gloves and spar a bit. And when they were […]
For kids like Christian Speciale and John Gano, this was supposed to be a special Little League season. As 12-year-olds, it was their final year in Little League — their last chance to run 60-foot bases, face pitching from 45 feet away and swing for the fences 200 feet from home plate. But for Speciale […]
Play ball? That’s the question dogging many parents of young athletes as life begins to get back to normal with the easing of coronavirus restrictions. Organized sports for children, such as Little Leagues, soccer leagues and flag football leagues, were forced to at least delay the start of their seasons. If and when they return, […]