What age is the right age to join club sports?

We get asked this question frequently. Club soccer, club baseball, travel basketball? How young is too young and what age is correct?

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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.

Do Kids Need Recovery Drinks After Exercise?

More great information from our friends at TrueSport.org

High-protein recovery drinks are marketed as an essential requirement for any athlete who actually wants to make progress. As a parent of a school-aged athlete, here’s what you need to know before fixing a protein shake for your active child.

Eight things not to say in youth sports

This article from Fatherly.com focuses on Little League, but is relevant to anyone coaching any youth sport. We recommend paying attention to each of them and trying to avoid these mistakes going forward.

Don’t forget to have fun

You want to win, we get that. You want all the hard work you put in during practice to pay off. But remember, these are just kids you’re coaching and kids mostly want to have fun. So don’t take it too seriously today. Crack some jokes. Smile. Make up some nicknames for your players. Do whatever you can to help your players understand that it’s not life and death out there. And, ironically, when they relax they’ll probably play better.

What is your youth sports New Year’s resolution?

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? Have you already broken them? Well how about a youth sports resolution to take their place? Maybe this will be the year you can help out as a volunteer. Offer work on the fields, coach a team, be an official or a board member. There is so much that needs to be done and whether you have a lot of time to give or just a little, the rewards far outweigh the effort.

Age based guide to goal setting

Goal setting changes as kids mature in age and experience. Roberta Kraus, Ph.D. has important advice about how to help all kids set and achieve their goals. Brought to you by our friends at TrueSport.