Dealing With Rude Hockey Parents

Playing on a hockey team is supposed to be a great experience for the kids, guiding them into all sorts of positive character traits, improving their technical skills, and giving them plenty of opportunities for exercise and fun. Coaching a hockey team or even being a supportive, involved parent is supposed to be a positive …

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Positive Culture

Michael Jordan once said, “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” Great coaches know that, while skills, drills, and practice are very important, it truly takes a team that is willing to work together through thick and thin to make a successful season. With the right steps and strategies in place, athletes’ participation …

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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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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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Baseline testing for kids, concussion prevention

I was at a team mom meeting for our baseball league last year. All the basics were covered, like team pictures, uniforms, schedule, etc. Great, I was ready to wind up the meeting when a doctor from our local hospital began to hand out some materials about concussions and started a short program on concussion …

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A new travel sports season means you get to plan the travel for out of town tournaments. Find out how to make Team Travel for Youth Sports Easy.

It’s the start of a new travel sports season and you happened to draw the golden ticket of all parent tasks!  YEP, you get to plan the travel for out of town tournaments. It’s complicated! You are trying to manage ten to twenty-some families, keep them all happy with your food choices, hotel pick and cost. …

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If you are a Football Parent or Football Coach find out what What Every Football Parent and Coach Must Know from Heads Up Football!

Does your child play football…which means you are a football parent? Do you coach football or know someone who does? If any of these descriptions are related to you, then you can’t miss out on the must-have information about Heads Up Football.  Check out this video for a little summary: Heads Up Football is and health …

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One of my boys has struggled a bit with batting this travel baseball season. I could tell you every single time where the ball would go–it would be a grounder to short stop!  Ugh. And then he would be out at 1st.  This was consistent and frustrating–both to him as a player and to us …

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Is your child's sports team going to travel this year? If so, be sure to follow these Top 5 Tips for Travel Sports Teams to make your trip a success!

As we come to the end of one sports season and the start of another, teams are getting ready to get their organized for the upcoming season. If your child is on a travel team, you know that can mean a weekend or two away for games or it can mean many weekends away depending …

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The word “determination” has multiple meanings depending on the context of it’s usage but, for the purposes of sports, the dictionary says: “The quality of being determined to do or achieve something.” In simpler terms, it means how much of yourself you will put into making a goal a reality. It’s always inspiring to observe a …

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This post is written by Craig Sigl a Mental Toughness Trainer. ************* Confidence. Everybody wants more of it and lack of it is the second most common issue why athletes come to me for.  (The first is fear of failure). When I work with young athletes in my office, I often have one or both parents …

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If you’ve ever been at a game or practice and forgot something important, then you are probably the worst the parent ever….JUST KIDDING!!  (You might feel like it at that moment.)  I have forgotten my daughter’s recital outfit on the day of dress rehearsal once…not my finest moment!!  We all leave the house in a hurry and 9 …

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Strength Training for Kids

Should You Let Your Child Strength Train Your kids are playing sports. They’re practicing. They’re training. You bring them to and from practice and watch their games, but have you ever given much thought to what they are actually doing at those practices? After watching a number of practices myself and talking with other parents …

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Coaches, do you want a smooth, successful and productive start to your upcoming youth sports season? The key lies in your organization BEFORE the season begins. For more than 15 years I have been coaching basketball, baseball, soccer, track, and volleyball for children from preschool to junior high and I have found these simple tips …

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Parent Sportsmanship TIps

I don’t think I can count the number of hours I have sat on the sidelines watching my boys play sports. In all that time, I can honestly say I have seen some of the craziest behavior. Oh, and I don’t mean from the players, I mean from the parents. I am sure many of …

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free online concussion training

Earlier this week we shared with you the importance of having your kids take a baseline test. The test is used as a reference in case a situation arises in which your child could have possibly endured a concussion. Of course, everyone is aware of what concussions are and we *think* we would be able …

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Updated October 2017 – I don’t know about you, but I always struggle to think of something original to get teachers and coaches. I want the gift to be meaningful so they know just how much we appreciate them, but I also want it to be both practical and unique! Whether it’s the end of …

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Maybe you can relate…all your kids playing sports, running from one game to the next, usually with overlapping games in different locations around town.  My husband and I both love to be at all the games, but with three boys, the math is not on our side. During baseball season my husband and I text …

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