Bad Calls Happen

From our friends at TrueSport:

From viral videos of youth sport parents fighting on the sidelines, to youth sport communities posting signs like this…

Youth Sports Good Behavior Reminder Sign

There is an increasing need to explicitly remind spectators that sport is meant to be fun for kids.

Bad calls happen. But how you react on the sidelines makes or breaks the atmosphere on the field.

Continue reading to learn the best ways for coaches and parents to respond to bad calls.

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Youth sports teach more than just skills and drills – don’t you think?

From our friends at TrueSport.org:

It’s become a growing concern for some that today’s youth are becoming more dependent on everything from their parents to technology. Thankfully, that’s where youth sports come in. From accountability to confidence, youth sports provides coaches and parents the opportunity to create teaching moments that help build an athlete’s character from a young age.

Is Your Young Athlete Ready for Serious Training?

From our friends at TrueSport:

At what point is it appropriate for kids to go from playing to serious performance or sport-specific training? It depends more on their emotional and physical readiness than their age. Read this article for a guide to evaluating kids’ readiness for serious training and competition.

Four youth sport teamwork activites you can do at home

Great, fun stuff from our friends at TrueSport

Is your athlete prepared for the upcoming season?

Great stuff from our friends at TrueSport.org:

Creating a pre-game routine requires more than just prepping a sports bag the night before. Getting sports gear ready is just one piece of being properly prepared for a game.

Good preparation starts from the inside out and teaching your athlete the importance of creating their own pre-game plan that relaxes and focuses your athlete can help calm their nerves and prepare them to play at their best.

How an athlete performs is dependent on many things, but especially on how they go about physically and mentally preparing for a game. Preparing for peak healthy performance requires smart training, nutrition, and rest.

Physical preparation in training is a given, but mental toughness in preparation can’t be underestimated as having a strong mindset can improve athletic performance.

Athletes aren’t the only ones that need to be properly prepared for the sport season. Coaches and parents need to get themselves ready to support their athletes.

This month, we asked Roberta Kraus, Ph.D., sport psychologist and president of the Colorado-based Center for Sports Psychology, how parents can best support their athletes as they begin their sport season.

Sport parents and coaches, should be properly prepared to be the support that their athlete’s can count on as the season progresses. Parents and coaches need to keep themselves accountable to send their athletes off to a game with a good mindset, so they can continue to build on that positive foundation that will continue to grow outside of sports.

Great information on hydration from TrueSport

Our partners at TrueSport.org have put together an important message on hydration for parents of young athletes:

Staying hydrated during the sport season is just as important for your young athlete as proper nutrition.

Just think of healthy foods as the fuel to your athlete’s sports-playing engine and water as the oil that makes that engine run smoothly.

Youth athletes should make sure they are more hydrated than their non-sports playing friends if they want to feel and perform their best on and off the field. Their high-level of activity causes them to burn through more calories and sweat more.

Whether you’re a coach or a parent, (or both!), you know that keeping your athlete hydrated during exercise generally aids in their sport performance and makes them feel better than any dehydrated athlete. Learn about the signs of dehydration and how to hydrate your athlete correctly for top performance during practice and in competition.

This month, we’re launching a new segment called Ask the Expert that answers the questions that sports parents and coaches may have regarding youth sport. If you’ve ever wondered if coconut water was just a trend or if it aids in the rehydration process, we’ve consulted with an expert dietician and USADA’s very own supplement advisor.

Calling all youth sport coaches and parents! We want to hear from you!
If you have questions related to your athletes, send us an email at TrueSport@truesport.org and we’ll get in touch with our experts for you!

To help maximize the amount of time athletes can spend feeling and performing at their best, TrueSport experts have created a number of resources just for you on our website:

Educators and coaches can enjoy the hydration lesson plan and brand new educational handouts that TEACH the importance of proper hydration in and out of sport.

Coaches and Parents can find more articles written by experts in youth sports and videos (including from Olympic athletes) at Learn.TrueSport.org

Kids will love the new activities in our PLAY App that will not only teach them all about their nutritional needs, but allows them to win cool awards!

The importance of learning about proper hydration during the sport season will help power your athlete’s healthy performance.

Discover more at www.TrueSport.org

The Ride Home

Our friends at True Sport have launched a terrific campaign called, The Ride Home, aimed at positively changing the way parents interact with children after sporting events. This is some great stuff and is must-read for all sports moms and dads.