Find Information About:

Drugs & Supplements

Get information and reviews on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Search by name or medical condition.

Pill Identifier

Pill Identifier

Having trouble identifying your pills?

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

Get Started
My Medicine

My Medicine

Save your medicine, check interactions, sign up for FDA alerts, create family profiles and more.

Get Started

WebMD Health Experts and Community

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

  • Second Opinion

    Second Opinion

    Read expert perspectives on popular health topics.

  • Community


    Connect with people like you, and get expert guidance on living a healthy life.

Got a health question? Get answers provided by leading organizations, doctors, and experts.

Get Answers

Sign up to receive WebMD's award-winning content delivered to your inbox.

Sign Up

February 1, 2013

So Where's the Coach?

by Tracy Jensen

My daughter likes to participate in some kind of activity every season. This winter she opted to try cheering for the basketball league. Two days before practices were scheduled to start, the organizer emailed all the parents and canceled cheer squad because they were unable to line up a coach.

Of course, my daughter was upset, but this got me to thinking how hard it is to find people who are both willing and able to coach these types of activities. I am on the organizing committee of our youth soccer league AND a working mom, so I get both sides of this problem. But never (in our experience) has a thing just been outright canceled before, so I wonder, are kids regularly sitting out of physical activities because there is not enough adult participation to make it happen? Are budget constraints and understaffing reducing the number of school extracurricular activities offered?

The message is pretty clear that we should be encouraging our kids to get out and play, and league sports are a great way to do it on a regular basis. But the availability of these programs is often linked to the level of adults available to put them on. Have you found that there are limited opportunities for your child to play sports due to a shortage of coaches?

Photo: iStockphoto

Posted by: at


Leave a comment

Subscribe & Stay Informed

Get the 'Fit4Families' feed Add to any service

Kids Healthy Weight & BMI Calculator

Enter your child's information:
Get Started