Grocery store aisle packed with snacks

Keeping our bodies and minds in check should be one of our biggest priorities, and that goes double for our kiddos. We are inundated on a daily basis with “be fit” messages while simultaneously being tempted to indulge on a constant basis. It’s hard to manage all of those contradictory media conversations! But at the …

Track, soccer, softball, football, basketball, cheer, dance and more; this is the list of sports that can lead to one of the most frequent injuries in young, developing athletes. With spring in full bloom and practices in full swing, you may want to be informed about this achey, annoying, and sometimes chronic type of pain. …

Kids have access to every kind of information imaginable on a daily basis. And the opportunity to scour the internet for whatever curiosity they have isn’t diminishing anytime soon. So we might as well start working with what we have on our hands: web doors that are open 24/7. Boundaries and controls should be set, …

Group of young athletes in blue jerseys gathered in field

In small-town USA, sports are a huge part of how communities come together. In fact, sports are embedded into the vast majority of American cultures. Whether you’re from the north or south, midwest or east coast, teamwork and friendly competition seem to be deep-seeded topics that impact many childhoods and daydreams. And with so many …

Children playing soccer

Summertime means that there is an influx of time spent outside and most of our calendars are covered with game times, practices, sports nutrition schedules, and more! With this fun though, can come concern of too much exposure to those UV rays shining down on the kids. Consistent sunburns are not good for long-term skin …

5 Basketball Drills Kids Can Do at Home

Post provided by Joe Abunassar from IMPACT Basketball, an online training and coaching resource. Check out his other post on ideal pre-game nutrition. Learn more about IMPACT at the bottom of this post. Over the past 27 years, I have had the opportunity to work with some of the best players in the world. NBA …

Vessi Everyday Slip-On Shoe

Seven months ago I purchased my first pair of Vessi Shoes after seeing numerous ads for them scroll across my Facebook feed. They seem like a novel concept: an affordable shoe that also happened to be completely waterproof. The claim, as it were, is that the hydrophobic materials used allow your feet to sweat without …

Sports Team-Mom Duty Checklist

Taking on the role of “Team Mom” can be a time-consuming job if you are not organized right from the start! Check out our Team Mom Duty Checklist (and accompanying printables below). You may need to make some slight modifications for your particular sport and league/program offering, but it should provide some helpful tips no …

Rebel Ramen healthy instant noodles

Instant noodles were a mainstay of my childhood. Whenever I was in charge of finding my own food, like every other nine through fifteen year old, I wanted something tasty and wanted it right now. Back then, being blissfully unaware of the importance of things like protein/carbs, vitamins/minerals, and nutrition in general, lead me to …

how to capture great sports action shots

Our phones are tiny little emergency kits, instantly gratifying info helpers, maps and guides,  communication network, and even our way to take a snapshot of the present to save for the future. Our phones are pretty much a catchall to our life, so if you’re not already utilizing its ability on the ball field too… …

Like millions of children around the world, your kid might be participating in a sport this year. As such, you should want to know as much as possible about how to handle an injured student, and what you can do to prevent future injuries. Even small injuries, if not treated and rehabilitated correctly, can worsen …

Cheerleading is one of the most popular sports for kids and teens with almost 4 million participants in the USA alone in 2017. When it comes to competing as a cheerleader, it’s about more than just athletic ability. Of course, your jumps and your throws are always important, but your uniform is actually a part …

Chicken Parmesan-Stuffed Zucchini Boats from Flavor the Moments

Keep the family satisfied, healthy, and ready for game time we these 14 high-protein meals. They’ll love each and every one of them and you won’t have to work too hard in the kitchen to make them happy. From breakfast to dinner, there’s something for everyone and every part of the day on our quick …

Hey, moms, we have a secret for you. It’s time to start adding this delicious and nutritious spice to your weekly menus. Most of us may associate cinnamon with a flavored bun or a great coffee now and then. But maybe it’s doing a whole lot more than many of us realize for our well-being …

Young soccer athlete sweating and drinking water

Sweat stains have the ability to be a silent killer of sports jerseys; especially the lighter colors! And we’ve all seen what some sweat can do the whites of the pits on everyday undershirts, and having to flaunt that same mess during game time is never fun. Don’t worry though, we have a few ways …

Young Baseball Athlete in Uniform Running for Home Base

Your kiddo comes home from a game and he’s full of dirt, from head to toe, with some extra dark spots on the knees. What do you do? Your little gal comes home from basketball practice, she was popped in the nose, and she got blood all over her practice jersey. What do you do? …

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 …

baseball player in blue cleats - 1

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. …

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 …

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 …

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: …

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 …