2-4-1 Sports Blog

October 21, 2022

Coaching vs. Counseling

As a career counselor and coach, I’ve often quipped that I do more coaching during my counseling sessions, and more counseling during my coaching sessions. Truth be told, I’ve always seen a very fine line, and now more than ever.
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June 29, 2022

2-4-1 through the eyes of our newest Camp Director

We are delighted to share this guest blog form our newest Camp Director – Casey Field who just finished running our first every camp in North Carolina. He did such a tremendous job and we really appreciate his perspective after
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May 21, 2022

My Multisport Journey

Our youngest Camp Director shares his multisport journey and why he chooses the 2-4-1 approach
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April 20, 2022

Gaston Day School, 2-4-1 Sports Set to Partner this Summer

Camp aims to get kids back outside playing multiple sports — before specializing in one By Mark Wright: Steve Boyle has his running partner, Rob Peterson, to thank for his introduction to Gaston Day School’s athletic director Casey Field —
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March 10, 2022

“Ref, you…!, Ref, you…!” Is this what it’s come to?

It won’t surprise you to know that I enjoy playing and watching all sorts of sports. But, in much the same way I tell kids it’s OK to have a favorite sport — just not an “only” sport — I
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February 20, 2022

In a Pickle! Pickleball Anecdote

A fun story about Kerry and me learning the sport of Pickleball…. Let’s face it, 2020 and 2021 were challenging for a number of reasons. But we found ourselves increasingly looking at all the positives that are rooted in what
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February 6, 2022

2-4-1 “Reggae Girlz”

“I hope that our team can show girls from any country, big or small, that you can follow your dreams…”
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December 20, 2021

Sports, for Sports Sake

As someone who’s made his living for the past 20 years in the sports industry, I’m often asked what my fondest sports memories are from when I was a child.  While I find it easy to answer this question, my
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December 9, 2021

My Red Bike Moment

A couple of years back my oldest daughter moved to Louisville, Kentucky for a short stint, so Kerry took advantage of Alannah’s new address and went for a rendezvous. While there, she visited the Muhammad Ali museum and returned excitedly
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November 25, 2021

November is About Gratitude — and Football

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things”
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September 9, 2021

The Derek Jeter Ticket

The following is a flashback to September of 2014 and being retold now in honor of the great Derek Jeter being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this week! My oldest daughter taught me a pretty valuable lesson this
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September 7, 2021

“The Start” — Turning Ripples into Waves

My youngest daughter (now a junior at George Washington University) started her college essay for admissions a few years back with the clever opening hook: “My family takes in strays”. It was a successful way to draw in the reader
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April 22, 2021

It’s No Fun If It’s No Fun

It’s no fun if it’s no fun. Fun has such funky connotation.  While most would agree that sports in general should be fun, there are certainly some cynics out there that would say we’re creating a “soft” competitor when fun
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April 8, 2021

Risk Mitigation vs. Risk Free

Originally sent to 2-4-1 Families in early May, 2020 in response to the lack of national guidance we were receiving at the local level…nearly a year later, we stand behind our response and continue to think through how we can
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March 6, 2021

Do We Really Want to Go Back to Normal?

As we work our way back to “normal” in what hopefully will soon be a post-pandemic world, we have an opportunity to approach our youth sports parenting differently. While maybe not the way we would have asked for, we were nonetheless
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March 3, 2021

The Power of the ASSISTant

“Maturity begins to grow when you can sense your concern for others is out-weighing your concern for yourself” – Phil Jackson. Near the end of a recent podcast, I was asked “What are the best ideas you’ve ‘borrowed’ from another coach?”  My answer was
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