Having John Junior and little Betty head off college can be an exciting time for all concerned, but equally, it can be overwhelming to the point at which life as you know it becomes simply unrecognizable. But there are several key steps you can make – both to support them in their freshman year and …

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Basketball is one of the most popular sports around the world. The risk of injury is present but there are ways to reduce such an incidence. Trauma during training or playing can occur at any skill level. While it is impossible to eliminate chances of injury, the following should be the aim of any basketball …

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It is a scientifically established fact that engaging in sports has a lot of health benefits. For youths, involvement in sports not only immediately offers these benefits but also sets them up for long-term love for physical activity – something that can help them throughout their whole lives. Good physical health can help lower the …

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Save Time Communicating with Your Team

  Save Time Communicating with Your Team TeamSnap is an amazing tool for everyone involved in a team sport. As a parent, I can definitely say that this app has become an essential. I can’t imagine ever going back to receiving multiple phone calls a week from the coach and constantly revising the family calendar. …

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This morning I sat down with the intention of compiling a Holiday Gift Guide for our little athletes. While browsing this morning I came across a site called BestAppsForKids that put together 5 really great Holiday Gift Guides and ideas that we thought would be useful to help this holiday season. The holiday shopping season officially starts on Black …

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How to Get Your Kids Exercising

As childhood obesity continues to be a problem across the United States, parents are struggling to find ways to get their kids outside and exercising. Part of the problem is that most kids just want to play and have fun, not spend their time working out and being bored. To solve this problem, parents need …

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Is Your Child Riding the Bench Here's How to Parent Through It

When children are very young, they may enjoy a Shangri-La sports experience – no one is cut from the team, equal playing time is enforced, and everyone receives a participation medal. Are those idyllic days now behind you? It’s OK that they are. Sometimes riding the bench can be a good thing. Here’s how to …

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5 Tips to Prevent Injuries in Youth Sports

Follow these five tips to be sure that your team members stay healthy and prevent injuries throughout the playing season. Sports and children go together like peanut butter and jelly. It is a great way to get kids into the great outdoors while teaching teamwork and structure. Youth sports are an excellent addition to a …

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Football Concussions: Risks, Signs and Treatment

Although children have a chance of becoming injured no matter what sport they play, it is high contact sports, like football, that carry the biggest risks. One of the more dangerous injuries parents need to be aware of and watch out for are football concussions. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a …

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Long Term Risks Associated with Football Concussions

  If your teen has a love of football, he may be interested in continuing his career by first heading to play college ball and then trying out for the NFL. Since football is a high contact sports, players are more susceptible to injuries, like football concussions. These can have serious long term affects. It …

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DIY Player Pendants/ Bag Tags

These painted washers are perfect for personalizing gift bags, labeling each player’s equipment, or just to use as necklaces for added team spirit. Get the team together and get painting! This project is pretty versatile because you can easily customize the washers for any sport. You can also use nail polish from around the house …

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DIY Tennis Racket Cork Board

I’ve been noticing a lot of DIY decorating ideas circulating around Pinterest and thought I’d give one a try. The project that really caught my eye was upcycling old tennis rackets into mirrors. The problem with that was I had no desire to go and have glass cut to fit an old tennis racket. Instead, …

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Best Apps for Tracking Physical Activity

When kids join sports teams it is important for them to remain physically fit throughout the season. If exercise is neglected, injuries are more likely to occur. Since teens and younger children have a tendency to spend a little too much time playing video games or using their cell phones, it makes sense to hold …

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DIY - Easy Magnet Memory Board

    One of the best things you can do as a parent of an athlete is to capture the memories. After years of watching your kids play their favorite sports, however, the memories can start to add up. I’m talking pictures, upon pictures, upon more pictures. You can only buy so many frames and …

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Many hands make light work, which is why you’ll need to recruit volunteers for your next fundraiser. Although it sounds simple enough, it can be difficult to round up enough people to have the fundraiser run like a well-oiled machine. Below are a few suggestions for how to recruit the volunteers you need to raise …

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DIY Baseball Bookends

Looking for a simple way to add character to your bookshelves, office, or kid’s bedroom? This Baseball Bookend project is much simpler than others I have seen. Every tutorial I have found on these adorable bookends have required drilling holes into the baseballs. I wasn’t about to break out power tools for such a simple project, …

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Top 10 Most Popular Fundraising Ideas

Teams looking for a sure thing when it comes to fundraising will want to consider implementing a few of the most popular fundraisers. These tried and true methods have delivered year after year, enabling sports teams to purchase much needed equipment or to pay for traveling expenses for away games. 50/50 Raffle 50/50 raffles are …

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Changing Up Fundraising for Youth Sports

  Moms!  Fundraising can be more than buying a box of donuts or standing at the 4-way with a donation bucket.  Whether you are raising funds for a team or an individual, make it about more than money.   Fundraising is a team building exercise, an opportunity to build social and communication skills, and a creative …

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Youth Sports Fundraising Ideas with a Quick Turnaround

There are plenty of profitable fundraising ideas, but some of them take a great deal of time to plan and implement. Should your team have a pressing need, you’ll want to opt for one of the fundraising ideas below. These have a quick turnaround so you can get the money you need as soon as …

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DIY Soccer Camp Using Pool Noodles

The most versatile thing you can find in the dollar store is a pool noodle. No, really. There are countless clever ideas on how to use them floating around the internet and your family needs to get in on all the fun. We all know that summer vacation for the kids often comes with heavy, audible …

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DIY Dessert - Dipped Oreo Team Treat

  Everyone loves a good cookie right? Believe it or not these sporty cookies are actually Oreos in disguise! These fun treats are perfect for a sports-themed birthday party, for your graduate at senior night, or for the end of the year team party. Trying to raise money for a big competition or tournament? These cookies would …

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Fundraising

Fundraising is often necessary for many schools and traveling sports teams. The funds pay for new equipment, team uniforms, an expenses associated with away games. Traditional fundraisers are great, but not exciting. Instead of opting for selling candy bars or hosting a car wash, try one of the following unique fundraising ideas. Bingo Night Who …

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If you have a teen athlete, chances are he or she comes home with some nasty stains on his or her uniform the first day of practice. It only takes one slide into home plate or one tackle on the 20-yard line to keep the team outfit from looking like new. Fortunately, parents can take …

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Sports Exhaustion

Moms!  It is time to evaluate.  Is your athlete enjoying their sport? Are they setting goals or looking forward to earning that end-of-the-year trophy?  If you are having to even stop and think, it may mean your son or daughter is on the brink of  sports exhaustion.  No worries.  We all get tired.  Everyone needs …

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Preventing Sports Injuries

Kids are just as prone to sports injuries as adults. The only difference is that children tend to heal faster. Once an injury occurs, however, the child athlete must sit on the sidelines for the time frame determined by his or her doctor, and that is no fun at all. It is best to follow …

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