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 …

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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 …

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Greatest Ultimate Frisbee Bag

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 …

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8 Ways to Improve Your Child's Athletic Explosiveness

We want our children to be well-rounded in all areas; in the classroom, in social settings and on the ball field too. But when it comes to their athletic ability, how do we make sure that they’re reaching their highest potential? Are there certain diets, activities, or exercises we should push to help them succeed? …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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When all of your kids are involved in different sports and activities, it can be really difficult to keep track of. Unfortunately, most planners and calendars available to purchase just don’t have enough space to plan out the week for the whole family. My solution is this easy, colorful paint chip game day calendar that …

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3 No Sew Hair Accessories for the Team

3 No Sew Hair Accessories for the Team Alright girls, I don’t know about you but there is nothing better than participating in a sport you love except doing so while looking you’re best alongside your teammates. Simple accessories like bows and ribbons can really add to a team’s sense of unity and confidence without …

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Kids Playing Soccer

What better way to celebrate the growth of the team and the completion of a successful sports season than to throw a team party? The party also gives kids, parents, and coaches a chance to relax and really enjoy each other’s company. In order to make this event one that will be talked about for …

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5 Heartwarming Father’s Day Gift DIY’s

Fathers Day is fast approaching and if you haven’t already figured out what your kids should make for their dad, you’ve come to the right place. These gifts are a slam dunk for any athlete’s Dad for Fathers Day and are simple to recreate yourself. Do your kids also call your husband coach? Consider number …

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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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The kids will be out of school very SOON!  Summer is around the corner, are you ready!?!  I can’t say that I am totally prepared for all that we have planned for the upcoming months, but I am ready for some slower paced days.  My girls are both going to camp this summer and my oldest …

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One of the best ways to save money on groceries is to plan your meals and your shopping list ahead of time. The reason this helps to save money is because with a plan in place, you know exactly what you’re going to get before you go to the store and avoid impulse purchases which can get …

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Why your Kids & Teens {& Athletes} Should Volunteer

Have your kids just started on a new team this spring?  Or have they been on a team with the same kids for years and years?  Either way, as you know, the kids spend a LOT of time together on the field, in the gym or pool, or wherever it is that they are practicing …

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summer sport camps

Summer is quickly approaching which means it is almost time to send your kids off to summer camp. Have you signed your kids up for any fun activities this year?  If your kiddos love playing sports then have you considered sending them to a camp designed specifically to fine tune their skills? If you haven’t already …

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