There are many extra factors that are included in the lives of child athletes. They have to cope with additional elements that previous generations never had to contend with. These additional stressors can potentially lower their performance, and in worst case scenarios, won’t be able to reach their maximum potential. If you’re a parent, it …

Is your kiddo ready to hit the court? Is he or she starting some lessons and in need of their own gear? We’re here to give you a quick 411 on everything a burgeoning tennis start needs to know about the racket. When you begin your search for the perfect child racket, there are several …

It could be for soccer or it could be for baseball, cleats are an essential part of several sports our kids all play. But unfortunately, with all sports equipment or gear, come their own issues. And we’re here to help you clear those issues up. 5 Problems Parents Face With Cleats Preventing Injury Buying the …

Do you need some help planning a birthday party for the sports fan in your life? Well, have no fear, because the options and ideas are nearly endless and we’ve wrangled up some of the best. All you need is to have that birthday gift bought while we help you take care of the rest. …

Do you have a little soccer star on your hands? Or maybe you have a kiddo that’s interested in getting his or her first kick on the field. Whatever the case, as a parent, you’re going to need to know about the gear that’s involved in the game. And one of the most important pieces …

Encouraging our children to remain hydrated and staying on top of their water intake is a lesson to start early. Whether you’re raising young athletes or not, sending our kiddos off to school or practice with the right water bottle is key to creating and maintaining a good habit. Thankfully, there are tons of great …

Spring sports are in full swing which means a lot of families spend their weekends juggling multiple sports for 1-4 kids, all at different locations. If lucky, the weather holds out with mild temperatures and sunny skies. The worst-case scenario, freezing temps and rain. Let’s just say by the end of the weekend everyone is …

Whether you’re a dad helping to create your young star’s recap reel for his AAU tryouts or a coach creating a highlight video for the softball banquet, there are several different routes to take when creating those films. These videos are meant to showcase the athlete’s talents, the best of the best from their career …

We don’t see parents on the sidelines with disposable cameras anymore. And usually, there’s only one mom that has her giant Nikon out snapping pics. Instead, most everyone will be grabbing their smartphone recording, photographing, and posting the action. But the convenience of that smartphone doesn’t mean that you’ll conveniently get grade A, quality photos …

Bodyweight exercises are a wonderful place for your child to start their athletic training. The resistance they will be introduced to is just right for their bodies because it’s basing itself on the weight of each individual kid. And that’s perfect, no artificial weightlifting is healthier for growing bones. None of these exercises require equipment, …

We may relate physical therapy as an adult-only option but that’s absolutely not the case. Our children get injured and benefit from these remedies as well, especially when they’re athletes and their bodies are growing at such a fast rate. It’s important to realize, as Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta stated, “whether the cause is playing …

When you’re an athlete, you’re bound to be in a place where you’re told to either grab a heating pad or a bag of ice to soothe an injury. Whether it’s minor or major, everyone eventually gets to a place where one of these remedies will help to ease some of the pain. But the …

Being a competitive, travel softball player for the vast majority of my life, I grew up with the importance of warm-ups drilled into my head. Injuries, better play, and also, mental readiness, were all a part of the disciplined drills that my team would run before practice or game time begun. And that’s for every …

Quick Finish Print/Download This Drill Basic Information Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) Number of Players: 8+ Difficulty: Easy Time: 10-15 min. Emphasis: Finishing, Passing, Dribbling Field Preparation: each player with a ball 2 mini goals cones Description: players dribble around cone and attempt to shoot the ball into their goal first 2 points to score …

Possession Game # 4 Print/Download This Drill Basic Information Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult) Number of Players: 10+ Difficulty: Medium Time: 15-20 min. Emphasis: Passing, Possession, Defending Field Preparation: grid (20yds x 30yds) cones to mark off area pinnies Description: red team plays keep-away (5v2) red team has to complete three passes before passing …

From the television to the magazines – and now social media with its constant scrolling messages – teenagers already have so much pressure put on them. And when you’re an athlete, there’s even more expectation because aside from your appearance, your performance comes into question. And one touch of the iPhone can bring in so …

4v4 Shooting Game Print/Download This Drill Basic Information Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult) Number of Players: 8+ Difficulty: Medium-Hard Time: 15-25 min. Emphasis: finishing, attacking, defending Field Preparation: 2 teams grid (30yds x 40yds) 2 goals with goalies good supply of cones to mark off area good supply of balls for continuous play pinnies Description: …

If you’ve got a little climber on your hands, you’ll need to make sure that all of the necessities are there when the rocks come to call. But you can’t overdo it either. Start off in the gym to get his/her feet wet before packing on the gear. As always though, the most important part …

Dynamic Passing # 3 Print/Download This Drill Basic Information Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult) Number of Players: 4+ Difficulty: Easy Time: 5-10 min. Emphasis: Passing Field Preparation: groups of 4 1xball per group Description: players make a square players start off passing to each other while standing next step: players pass to each other while …

Dynamic Passing # 2 Print/Download This Drill Basic Information Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult) Number of Players: 8+ Difficulty: Easy-Medium Time: 10-15 min. Emphasis: Passing Field Preparation: 1x ball per group grid (10 x 10yds) cones to mark off area repeat setup to accommodate the entire team Description: players pass to each other in …

As one of the most important strokes in tennis, practicing these service games on a regular basis your serve will improve gradually and consistently.

Whether you’re just jumping into the sport or you’re getting together a team to play in a local league, ultimate frisbee is a fun way to let off steam with your pals. From college campuses to metropolitan parks, it’s taking up space all around us. But what do you need to really get started and …

You will find that the ability to do groundstroke drills can produce great results for your tennis game.

Attack! This tennis drill looks at hitting three aggressive shots, which sees the player move into the court, hitting the ball early and moving up to the net.

Fun, challenging drills can accelerate a player’s improvement. We pick the best tennis drills for beginners, intermediates, and advanced players.