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Sometimes it’s all you can do to get your child out the door with all of his equipment and make it to the game on time. And in that hurry, nutrition is often left behind. But the honest truth is that nutrition should be a major piece of “equipment” for your child because he will not perform his best on an empty tank or on a tank filled with junk. Your child should eat a pre-game snack about half an hour before she steps onto the court or field. This snack should provide easily digested carbs, and perhaps a little...

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The strange, the odd, the curious…… Every so often, we will be treated to a boot that offers a new look to the market. And then there are boots that make us do a double look and take at least 5 minutes to really get our heads around. This list takes care of that second group. What we are looking at here are the boots that on release made us wonder what the heck was going on – whether that be in a good or bad way. A lot of the boots on the list we have become familiar with...

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Sports Dads, can we talk for a minute about your young athletes? As a coach’s wife for 3 decades and sports mom for 21 years, I’ve seen just about every kind of sports dad there is, and I know you–you are most likely very competitive, love your child, and ultimately just want him or her to succeed. These are good characteristics for a sports dad, but there is more. Your child and spouse need things from you that they may not want to admit to you for fear of hurting you or making you angry. Find more Soccer Fun Games...

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Remember how youth sports was when you were a kid? It seems like the experience was a less complicated. Unfortunately, today’s youth sports experience is not so cut and dry as it was when kids were just in it for the pure enjoyment of the game. These days, parents enter with a host of expectations based on a slew of myths that have cropped up in the youth sports culture. Perhaps you are one of those parents who signed up your child for youth sports with certain hopes, only to discover a few seasons or years down the road that those expectations...

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Many adults complain that the younger generation is full of entitled kids, teens, and even millennials, and that a spoiled athlete is hard to stomach. I am not writing to debate that issue. In fact, I’m advocating something that may cause some of you to do a doubletake, and that is this very simple fact: it’s okay to spoil your kids! Find more practice equipment for your young SOCCER STAR But if we spoil them, you may say, won’t we end up with spoiled kids? Yes, you will end up with spoiled kids if you do it all the time, but...

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