Today in Youth Sports

Today in Quarentine

Today in youth sports kids are stuck at home in shelter in place. When we get out of this shelter in place many games are going to be packed in a few weekends, which is hard for kids to do even on weekends before shelter in place. When kids get back to playing sports they won't be as fit and won't have as much stamina to persevere through a game. At home right now some children are working hard with the space they have, others are busy with school work and other things too. Some aren't as fortunate as others and can't afford space though are willing to work hard. Which ever way is chosen will effect when they come back. However, which ever situation you have we all can do things to stay in fit and to reduce the incline once back in sports. Even if you don't have any equipment in your home you can find a few regular items. A rug or mat ( something soft and cushiony), an open area, a ball (any shape or size), and a step or stool. Place the mat on the open area (if you are on soft surface, you don't need a mat) and keep the others off to the side. Start by stretching. Stretch big muscles and most importantly places like your calves, groins, hamstrings, back, etc. After warm up by jogging in place or around area for a few minutes to get warm and your heart beat up. Then pull your step into the working area. Put one foot on the step at a time and back down making a 1-2-3-4 motion. Then do box jumps (the lower the step the faster to do it) up and down with 2 feet making a 1-2 motion. Then take away the stool and work on these conditioning exercises. You can use the ball to make sure you hands and feet go to the right point, and to put something in between your hands and feet so they stay parallel. You can do push-ups, planks, sit-ups, leg lifts, mountain climbers, V-sits, V-ups, lunges, butterfly kicks, Russian twists, crunches, etc. Do these in a circuit and do each for 30 seconds and do 3 circuits. Then go outside and run 1 mile. If you do this every day you will gain more stamina and keep fit. 

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GRIT: How to Get Back Up After Failure

GRIT - I love seeing this characteristics in kids as I believe it's one of the key ingredients between a good athlete and great athlete!
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Strengthen Your Athlete's Growth Mindset

While growing up playing sports, I never paid much attention to sports psychology.  Granted, now that I have kids, I find the psychology element quite fascinating and I liked TrueSport's article "How to Strengthen Your Athlete's Growth Mindset" as it provides a formula that I think I can actually implement with my kids.
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Coaching Your Athlete Through Positive Self-Talk

Interesting read!  I've always tried to focus on leading off my conversations with my kids with positive observations; however, I definitely see the value in starting with "constructive critiques".
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What if I am doing it all wrong?

The Talent Equation's article "What if I and doing it all wrong?" is a fun and interesting read for parents that grapple with the concept of "over coaching" set to the imagery of a boxing match!  I enjoyed the contrasting perspectives of the Mom and Dad and the excerpts that were cited.  Sorry "Evan's Mom", as difficult as it is to do, I'm going to have to side with his "Dad" on this one ... for now at least!
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Have a “Fruitful” Post-Game Conversation

Maybe it would be easier watching my kids play sports if I had studied psych instead of business?!?!?! … Nicole Schwarz’s list of “shouldn’t do[s]” are so much more natural than the “right way” … “How to Support Your Child (Even When You’re Disappointed)

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Why are so many kids dropping out of sports?

"70% of children drop out of organized sports by age 13" according to a recent CNN article "How to make your kid hate sports without really trying"!!!!  That is a truly sad and staggering statistic.  Needless to say, I was compelled to read this article, and these were the quotes that stuck with me:  

  • "Nearly half of all sports injuries for middle and high school students are caused by overuse."
  • "The vast majority of elite level athletes are multipart athletes until their middle teenage years."
  • "Only 3% of women and men athletes who play high school basketball go on to play in college."
  • Parents should keep their eye on the bigger picture ... "The goal is a happy, healthy, well-adjusted, self-supporting adult with a career they are passionate about."


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The One Quality Great Teammates Have in Common

Loved this article about "The One Quality Great Teammates Have in Common" by John O'Sullivan.  “You have to stop asking what you can get, and start asking what you can give.”

  • I can give my best effort in practice and games
  • I can give my team a positive attitude no matter what the circumstances
  • I can give my team a boost no matter how many minutes I play
  • I can give my team a better chance to win no matter what position I play
  • I can do the dirty work so my teammate can score the goal and get the glory
  • I can sacrifice my personal ambitions for the better of the group
  • I can lead by example
  • I can be an example of our core values in action

Although these are great "checkmarks" for the "right" mindset, getting the team and players to buy-in and believe is true success!  Let's celebrate those individuals and teams that give and are difference makers 👍

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