Okay, so I am already going through withdrawal — our soccer season ends on Sunday. I’m going to miss the boys on the team that I coach. Also, the excuse to kick soccer balls in public. In honor of clinching the flight (Go Renegades!), I’m giving away a Gatorade Fuel Pack, along with great sports tips from my favorite sports mom author, Brooke de Lench.
A six-pack of Gatorade and a $50 gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods.
HOW TO ENTER:
Leave a comment under this blog telling us what sport(s) your kids (or you) play. One winner will be chosen at random by Random.org. The winner will be notified by e-mail and listed under this blog on Monday.
Monday, November 22nd, 2010 at 12 noon ET.
OPEN TO U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY. ONE ENTRY PER E-MAIL ADDRESS. (MULTIPLES WILL BE DELETED.) NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. OFFICAL RULES
Winner must respond within three (3) business days to claim prize or another winner will be selected.
Helping Your Child Have a Successful Winter Sports Tryout
by Brooke de Lench
The competition for roster spots on winter sports teams seems to be more intense than ever. Tryouts pose a particular challenge to young athletes still playing fall sports. Here are some tips for parents on how they can help their child perform at their best during tryouts:
- Make sure the child’s pre-participation physical evaluation (PPE) is up-to-date. Not only are PPEs important in identifying physical conditions effecting sports participation, such as asthma or a history of concussions, a signed, up-to-date PPE form is required by virtually all schools before an athlete is allowed to play sports. Make sure your child’s doctor signs the correct form and that you make three copies: one for your records, one for your child to hand-deliver to the school nurse, and a third to hand-deliver to the coach/athletic director. Many an athlete has missed the first critical days of tryouts because the PPE form was lost or is outdated.
- Ensure your athlete gets enough sleep. A tired athlete, especially one still playing fall sports, isn’t going to be able to perform at their best during tryouts. You can help by setting a consistent “lights-out” time for turning off the computer, cell phone, MP3, and TV, so your athlete gets the rest needed for peak performance.
- Check to see if the shoe fits. Poorly-fitting or worn-out shoes can trip up an athlete on the way to making the team. Make sure your young athlete is trying out in properly-fitting shoes (or, in the case of hockey, skates), that they have been broken in before tryouts start and that they are providing the proper support. Many an athlete has been sidelined by blisters from practicing hard in brand-new shoes. For athletes playing tennis, basketball or volleyball, shoes should be replaced every month for those playing 5 to 6 times a week and every 3 to 4 months for those playing 2-3 times a week.
- Be pro-active about hydration. Studies show that many athletes are dehydrated before they even start their sport, making it difficult to catch up. Even athletes exercising outside in cold weather get dehydrated. Remember, thirst is not a good indicator of hydration, so encourage athletes to drink on a schedule.
- Fuel Sports Nutrition gaps. Athletes typically have little time in the school day to eat before tryouts, so they start on an empty stomach or choose ineffective sources of fuel based on what’s readily available. And there is often a time gap between the end of a practice or game and sitting down to dinner when, studies show, tired muscles need protein to recover to get ready for the next day.
Brooke de Lench is a youth sports parenting expert and the author of the book “Home Team Advantage: The Critical Role of Mothers in Youth Sports” (Harper Collins) and the founder and Editor-in-Chief of MomsTeam.com: The Parents Trusted Youth Sports Source. She is the mother of triplet sons and lives in the Boston area.