Amid rising concerns about concussions in youth sports, U.S. Soccer, the governing body for the sport in the United States, announced Monday that there should be no heading for any players age 10 and under, while heading should be limited only to practice for those ages 11 to 13. What do you think? Is heading the ball dangerous for young soccer players?
Is this a sign of the times? The Graham, (TX) Little Dribblers basketball league is facing a desperate challenge this year. More community members are needed to step up and volunteer in order for this league that typically serves around 300 kids to exist. One threat to the organization is the growth in popularity of “travel” basketball, where kids (or their parents) opt for a more competitive (and expensive) type of play. But not every child wants that level or can afford it, which is why organizations like the Little Dribblers are so vital.
Here is a terrific document authored by one of our clients, the Chantilly Youth Association. This would be great for any organization to adapt and put out to their parents.
We liked this article by Whitney Cann on Youthletic.com and wanted to pass it along. Remember as you attend those weekend football, softball, soccer, and baseball games, don’t forget to keep it in perspective. Sports should be fun and healthy. Anything else, (like winning or being team MVP) is a bonus.
We know that most volunteer mom and dad coaches in Little League, youth soccer, youth basketball, softball and other sports won’t go online and watch streaming video and get drills for practices. They won’t read lengthy manuals and books. They need something fast, organized and even fun that they can use “on the fly” to run an effective training session even if they have no experience or have had no time to prepare. By giving them our deck of cards with 52 good, fundamental drills in four color-coded categories you’re giving them a chance to succeed. What better gift can you give to your hard-working volunteers?
Our partners at PHIT America.org have received some great news. The PHIT Act, which will make physical activity more affordable for all Americans, has been introduced to the United States Senate by four Senators, (two Republican and two Democrat) clearing another hurdle on its way to change the IRS definition of a “medical expense” to include physical activity as a form of prevention. Expanding the medical expense definition would make physical activity expenses reimbursable using pre-tax dollars in Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)….and would allow consumers to deduct physical activity costs once they meet the 10 percent of income threshold on medical expenses. Imagine being able to deduct your son or daughter’s youth league registration fees, or your health club membership! Contact your congressional representatives and ask for their support!