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…

Sports Broadcasting Camps for Kids that Love Calling the Play by Play!

This might be a stretch, but since our niche is sports programs for kids, we thought that Sports Broadcasting Camps for kids deserved a shout out. Because sports & broadcasting is like peanut butter & jelly. They go together. Before you sign your son or daughter up for Sports Broadcasting camp, consider the following. ⇒Do 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…

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…

Unequal playing time in youth sports…what’s the deal?

I can’t tell you how many times this conversation comes up. Unequal playing time is always a topic around team sports. Off the field, people are kind, sweet and giving. When the whistle blows, parents watch every second and secretly seethe over why their kid isn’t on the field…why someone else’s kid has been on Read more…

Non toy gift ideas…you know you want ’em.

Every year parents lament spending a small fortune on a ton of stuff, most of which is forgotten soon after it’s been opened. That’s why it’s always a good idea to include some non toy gifts for your little recipient. But finding something can sometimes be tough, especially if your favorite little person is a Read more…

Teaching children responsibility through sports. Parenting young athletes SCOUTjr.com

Sports provides opportunities for kids to become more responsible. In many ways, teaching children responsibility is easier through sports than daily life. Think about it… Is it easier to get your kid to” do the laundry” or “make sure your uniform is clean for the game” “Clean up the mudroom” or “organize your sports gear 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…

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…

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…