Sports parents go the extra mile

By Jennifer MacKinnon
On Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Parents are the unsung heroes of grassroots sports. We drive, coach, volunteer, cheer, bring food, take trips out of town, wear out vehicles, and generally do some crazy things to support our kids. I did an informal More...

Managing conflict: Realizing you’ve become that difficult parent

By Jennifer MacKinnon On Monday, March 16th, 2015

Take it from me, don’t become “that” parent. Anyone who has volunteered in a leadership capacity in sports has run into a difficult parent. For the most part, I try to treat people with respect, knowing that More...

Saluting those who ‘run’ the marathon

By Jennifer MacKinnon On Monday, May 5th, 2014

Just for fun, before writing this article, I Googled “how to organize a marathon.” The first website to pop up explained that you can organize a marathon in just 13 steps. These organizational steps include More...

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Meet the out-of-control sports parents

By Jennifer MacKinnon On Saturday, March 1st, 2014

If you haven’t seen the article by Steve Simmons called “I Hope They Didn’t Bring Apple Juice,” I encourage you to Google it and read it. Written for USA Hockey Magazine, it is written for anyone who takes More...

Dealing with difficult volunteers

By Jennifer MacKinnon On Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Did you watch the Grey Cup in the fall? I watched sadly as my favourite Tiger-Cats lost to the Roughriders. What I especially love about the CFL is that the future of the league is playing on fields across Canada. More...

Fundraising for sports teams

By Jennifer MacKinnon On Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

As I drove by parents and kids, dressed in hockey jerseys recently, flagging down cars to sell donuts in support of their hockey team, two things struck me: 1. Hockey never really ends in Canada, and 2. The public More...

Volunteers: the blood in a club’s veins

By Jennifer MacKinnon On Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

You have signed your child up for a sport this year. You bought all the equipment. Your child is excited. You are excited. The season starts and things are going great. You have a great coach and the team is wonderful. More...

Are your personal assets at risk?

By Jody May On Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

What you should know before joining a committee Sports leagues are always seeking new volunteers to take on roles in their respective associations, committees and boards. Before committing, there are a few things More...


The success of fundraising runs

By Jennifer MacKinnon On Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Spring, otherwise known as the start of the marathon of walk-a-thons and runs, brings out thousands of people to support many important charities. Most events have many volunteers helping; some are completely volunteer-run. More...

Higher fees, fewer players

By Jennifer MacKinnon On Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Examining the impact of increased user fees on grassroots sports The City of Greater Sudbury is fortunate to have more than 300 clubs and associations organizing sports and recreation activities for citizens. Many More...

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