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The best egg sandwich I’ve ever had

The best egg sandwich I’ve ever had

The holidays are about family, so here is a short post that reflects how family is also important in sports. When I was around 12-years old, I was invited to try out for the ’71 Central Jersey Select soccer team. Select teams weren’t common back then and I was born in ’72, so it was pretty exciting. My father drove me to Mercer County Park in Hamilton, NJ...

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Athletic Scholarships: How many are available?

Athletic Scholarships: How many are available?

Athletic scholarships have been a hot-button topic for decades. Chase them, don’t chase them … that’s up to the individual families and their circumstances. My only comment is that there are two essential components to receiving a scholarship offer – talent and timing. The purpose of this article is to provide adults and athletes with some general facts...

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A recipe for getting your sports kids to listen

A recipe for getting your sports kids to listen

Watching your kid(s) play sports is a privilege, but when it comes to providing feedback, it can become a source of contention. Many kids resist listening to their parent’s advice about sports. Even though we’ve watched them since day one, know their tendencies, and have the best intentions, they often tune us out.  But that resistance is sometimes...

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Treatment of Officials – A Rehabilitation Process: Part 2

Treatment of Officials – A Rehabilitation Process: Part 2

On Thanksgiving Thursday, I posted a blog about the abusive treatment of officials in our sports culture. By Saturday night, I watched a parent (coach) get ejected from a 10-year old soccer match. The scene was another example of a shameful (and unnecessary) issue that persists in our society. The purpose of these last two posts is to call it out, and...

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Treatment of Officials – A Rehabilitation Process

Treatment of Officials – A Rehabilitation Process

If you’ve been involved with sports, you are familiar with this scenario. It is minutes before game-time, the teams are ready to play, but the officials are nowhere to be found. Coaches are on their cell phones and pacing, while parents and athletes keep looking out toward the parking lot. Suddenly, the officials appear and there’s a lift in spirits and...

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Top 5 Classic Sports Moments in TV Sitcoms

Top 5 Classic Sports Moments in TV Sitcoms

Myles Garrett slammed quarterback Mason Rudolph over the head with his own helmet. The Houston Astros are under investigation for stealing signs with surveillance equipment. Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford has deleted his social media accounts due to receiving death threats after the Nittany Lions’ loss at Minnesota. Those are just a few headlines...

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Mark Gola is an author, former collegiate coach and athlete. He played Division I baseball at Rider University and was an assistant coach at Rider and Princeton University. Mark was an Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Communications at The College of New Jersey for nine years and worked full time at the Dave Gallagher Baseball Academy for six years. He has also coached high school soccer and baseball.

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