Banish the Ball Hogs.

On any given day a game can be exhilarating, nail biting, disappointing, or…..boring. I’ll admit it, I like the close games. There’s nothing like getting down to the last minute of a fast-paced, action-packed game to watch a team reach for the next level. And then there are the OTHER games… You know, the games Read more…

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…

Presidents Week Break Activities: #2 is here on Long Island and it’s SO COOL!

We know what you’re thinking. You’re home for the week and so are they….but you haven’t made any plans. Sure, the iPad is available and there’s a list of apps they want.  Search for some nearby vacation camps or clinics here, or you can try to make this staycation different….here’s a roundup of ideas near 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…

Try hockey FREE November 9 – 11 at one of these rinks!

Try hockey for free November 9-11 thanks to USA Hockey, SportsEngine and the New York Islanders’ “Play Hockey Free.” The program introduces kids to the sport with professional coaches and some equipment. So, if your kid’s ever been interested in playing hockey (and let’s face it, who hasn’t???), then this is a great intro without 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…

Wrist strengthening exercises are the secret to being a better player.

Wrist strengthening exercises can be the difference between a good player and a great player. Really, sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference, like having strong wrists. Fortunately, increasing wrist strength is relativelyeasy to do and with practice, can have a major impact especially for kids playing lacrosse, basketball, tennis, golf, curling 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…

Holiday sports camps: aka where to send your kids when you need a break.

Whether you have to work over the break, or you need a break, there are many holiday sports camps for kids on Long Island. Holiday sports camps also provide kids with the opportunity to try something new, like obstacle training or Ninja Warrior, or brush up on skills before trying out for a spring school 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…

Try hockey FREE November 9 – 11 at one of these rinks!

Try hockey for free November 9-11 thanks to USA Hockey’s and the New York Islanders’ “Play Hockey Free.” The program introduces kids to the sport with professional coaches and some equipment. So, if your kid’s ever been interested in playing hockey (and let’s face it, who hasn’t???), then this is a great intro without the investment. Read more…