Which youth sports have the highest rates of concussions in kids? The answer might surprise you!

Youth sports concussions vary by individual sports as do the safety precautions that are in place and safety gear that can be utilized. In honor of today’s Team Up Speak Up Day, we’ve compiled some information about each sport’s concussion rate and safety precautions so that you can help prevent injuries to your child and Read more…

Consider this before quitting a sport midseason!

I believe in kids playing, so why am I writing about quitting sports? The Kid’s been playing multi sports for so long and now, as a middle school student, more of her friends are beginning to specialize. Sometimes you can see the difference on the field or in the pool. The ones that practice the Read more…

Athletic Goggles for Kids – Need em or not necessary? Everything you need to know for your kids.

We’ve been there. You’re watching a game and notice that one kid’s wearing regular glasses. Some days the ref will let them play, other days they won’t. We’ve always speculated about athletic goggles. We figured that the main difference is the material…that frames would be a lot more durable on athletic goggles or sports glasses Read more…

Neighborhood kids. They’re good for something!

I relied on neighborhood kids to get my daily entertainment when I was growing up. My parents had one car, so being taxied around wasn’t an option. For me, it was either foot or bike to get where I needed to go. Fortunately, my street had a handful of kids and I had a dear Read more…

Free cardiac screening for athletes in Grades 9-12. Should your child get tested?

Should your child take advantage of one of the cardiac screening tests? By now you’ve seen the social media posts offering free student athlete screenings at St. Francis. We did the legwork.. There is some controversy over whether these tests are necessary. What we’ve found is that 1 in 80,000 student athletes die each year Read more…

How to get on a college sports team – file this one under things I must remember!

Odds are if you read my blog your kid plays sports and you’ve been dreaming of a big fat scholarship. But first you have to figure out how to get them on a college sports team. I’ve spoken with college coaches and parents across different sports and here’s a great tip that everyone should know Read more…

Learn which sports help kids focus, cooperate and more.

If you’ve ever wondered if there are specific benefits from playing specific sports, we’ve got you covered. Kids are different, yet sports helps bring them together while also working on developing lifelong skills that are necessary to make it through school. From focus and concentration to teamwork and cooperation, sports help develop skills that help Read more…

Want to dance in the Thanksgiving Day Parade with 34th & Phunk? Here’s your chance

The United States Tournament of Dance along with celebrity choreographers Willdabeast and Janelle Ginestra will host a dance convention for kids of all ages on Sunday, September 10. While at the convention, Will & Janelle will be scouting and selecting the most talented dancers for their chance to be part of a performance crew (“34th Read more…

Dance Team Auditions: Local and with the Long Island Nets!

We know a few local kids who, when not glued to the next episode of Dance Moms, are choreographing or practicing dance routines at home.  If your daughter’s craving the competition or attention that a dance team brings, there are two great opportunities coming up today and later this month for kids ages 8 and Read more…

Special Needs Sports options are still open this spring!

Special needs sports programs are still an option this spring on Long Island. From basketball to karate and lacrosse, the Nassau PAL and Be the Best Sport organizations offer many options. Special needs sports programs are often based on specific needs, so be sure to ask for more details about a particular program in order to Read more…

Spring Sports are Coming! What to play

It’s time to sign up for spring sports!  If your child has been stuck in a rut playing the same sport for the past 6 months, now is the time to consider your options as the next semester is about to begin.  Some options to consider:   Baseball/Softball The most American sport of them all, Read more…

Dancing brings out the best athlete in all of us.

Back in the 70’s 80’s 90’s, much was made of NFL players learning ballet.  Now, players themselves will integrate dance into their training regimens with great results.   3 REASONS TO TAKE DANCE   Dance makes you a better athlete. Check out this livestrong article that tells you why (hint: endurance and flexibility are transferable Read more…