At age 13, my son was a star pitcher in our neighborhood league. With the playoffs approaching, he confided in me that his pitching arm was tired and sore. He expected me to react as a concerned parent. Instead, I was a slightly unhinged coach. Three days later, my injured son was pitching again – but only for a few lame throws.
I am a Baltimore-based author, journalist and college professor. My books and other writings explore the difficult questions surrounding the adult-managed world of youth sports.