Youth sports are amazing and beneficial for any child. Developmentally, sports provide structure and discipline that comes from a source that isn’t a parent. Kids learn cooperation, patience, how to rely on teammates in pursuit of shared goals, and how to win and lose with grace. I am a fan of any activity that puts children in a social setting and there is discipline involved. I grew up with sports. From the age of 4 all the way up to the collegiate level, I played soccer and everything else along the way. Basketball, karate, dance, softball—you name it, I played it! More recently, I have coached club soccer teams. During my times as a player and a coach, I’ve been around kids whose parents had split up or were in the process of doing so. I have seen successful co-parenting, and have been around parents who co-parent very poorly, which in turn has a plethora of negative consequences on both the child and the sport. One thing is for certain, I learned to avoid letting parents know I am a practicing family law attorney. I can’t coach and answer a barrage of questions about child custody at the same time!