TrueSport on smack talk

Kids love to emulate professional athletes, but trash talking and verbal taunting have no place in youth sports. Here are tips for curbing trash talk for parents and children from our friends at TrueSport.org.

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Five ways to support youth sports – Day 5

The final, and perhaps, most important part in our five-part series this week from our friends at TrueSport.org:

In order to make youth sports a positive and enriching experience for all kids, it’s important to understand the challenges many families face in terms of participating in youth sports.

This week we encourage families and your sport organizations to consider 5 components of youth sports – one each day – and how it impacts your kids.

Day 5: Stay Safe

None of the great aspects of youth sports matter if we can’t make sure kids are safe while participating. For parents most of this comes down to looking out for all kids, not just your kids.

Maybe it’s unsafe equipment, kids picking on a less-skilled athlete, an inappropriate relationship between a coach and player, dangerous or illegal supplement usage, or an aggressive parent on the sidelines.

There’s an old saying that it takes a village to raise a child; be part of the village.

Five ways to support youth sports – Day 4

Part four in our five-part series this week from our friends at TrueSport.org.

In order to make youth sports a positive and enriching experience for all kids, it’s important to understand the challenges many families face in terms of participating in youth sports.

This week we encourage families and your sport organizations to consider 5 components of youth sports – one each day – and how it impacts your kids.

Day 4: Youth Development

Positive coaching is essential for a great youth sports experience, and it’s crucial for parents to reinforce lessons learned on the field and at home.

At TrueSport we provide downloadable educational lessons for youth sport coaches and parents. Topics range from sportsmanship to hydration, leadership to bullying prevention, and many more.

Make sure your student-athlete is both a student and athlete as a great education will serve them well whether or not they achieve success as an athlete.

Five ways to support youth sports – Day 3

Part three in our five-part series this week from our friends at TrueSport.org:

In order to make youth sports a positive and enriching experience for all kids, it’s important to understand the challenges many families face in terms of participating in youth sports.

This week we encourage families and your sport organizations to consider 5 components of youth sports – one each day – and how it impacts your kids.

Day 3: Find Access

Youth sports thrive where there are a lot of opportunities for kids to be involved, and when kids can be engaged throughout the year.

To provide opportunities, we have to work to make access to youth sports easier and more prevalent. 

Advocate for the inclusion of any kid who wants to participate, whether this means sourcing adaptive equipment or lending your voice in support of the disadvantaged.

Five ways to support youth sports – Day 2

Part two in our five-part series this week from our friends at TrueSport.org:

In order to make youth sports a positive and enriching experience for all kids, it’s important to understand the challenges many families face in terms of participating in youth sports.

This week we encourage families and your sport organizations to consider 5 components of youth sports – one each day – and how it impacts your kids.

Day 2: Living Healthy

We all want our kids to grow up and be healthy, thriving adults. Modeling that lifestyle is an important part of getting our kids to follow in our footsteps.

That means you have to show your kids you value and enjoy being active, eating healthy, and being a good teammate (in life, in your career, and on the field). Especially when kids are young, they value what you value, so make sure you’re setting examples you want them to follow.

Five ways to support youth sports

This week we bring you a five-part series from our friends at TrueSport.org:

In order to make youth sports a positive and enriching experience for all kids, it’s important to understand the challenges many families face in terms of participating in youth sports.

This week we encourage families and your sport organizations to consider 5 components of youth sports – one each day – and how it impacts your kids.

Day 1: Physical Activity

There are a ton of activities competing for your kids’ attention, and across the country physical activities like youth sports are losing the battle to sedentary activities like video games and handheld screens. It’s not that there can’t be benefit from those activities; it’s that kids miss out on some very valuable benefits from being active.

When you are physically active and fit, your are ready for anything!

TrueSport on athletic nutrition

Our partners at TrueSport have put together a tremendous, informational page that all athletes and parents of athletes will love. Take a look here and fuel those bodies!