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…

Turkey Trots – the great walk or run before the feast!

We’re new to Turkey Trots. Those of you who know me know that I’m lying when I say that. I have yet to run — or walk — a trot. Same with my husband. But my daughter signed up last year and walked/ran with some of her teammates. She’s 11. She came home with slightly 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…

Monday Motivation NY Marathon’s Shalane Flanagan on how she got to the top!

Shalane Flanagan became the first USA female runner to win the esteemed New York City marathon in 40 years. We’ve been watching Shalane Flanagan for years, so it’s great to hear her perspective on what it takes to make it to the top.  We love that she recognizes that preparation is more than just the 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…

Special needs Fall 2017 sports programs. We’ve done the legwork so you can get your kid in the game!

Special needs Fall 2017 sports programs on Long Island are starting soon or have begun! Studies show that special needs kids benefit from exercise, as do the rest of us! Fortunately, here on Long Island there are many programs to choose from including Be the Best Sport, Challenger and the Special Needs unit of the Read more…

2017 Project Play Summit – a call to action for parents and youth sports organizations

We’ve been following the Aspen Institute’s Project Play Summit.  For those that aren’t familiar with the organization, the Aspen Institute is a nonpartisan forum for values-based leadership and the exchange of ideas. Yesterday, the institute hosted the 2017 Project Play Summit where leaders in the health and sports industries got together to try to address the 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…

Sportsmanship for winners and losers. The key to being a great sport

Sportsmanship was tested at a recent game.  It wasn’t the type that would make youtube or gain national coverage but odds are it’s happening at games across the country. It was a close game, with just two baskets between winner and loser.  As is usually the custom, the players lined up to shake hands afterwards Read more…

Special needs sports programs support special kids all over LI

Special needs sports programs have been developed for many sports and allow children who may have disabilities to thrive in a supportive environment. Here on the North Shore of Long Island, there are many programs to choose from based on your child’s need. Options range from individual sports like swimming and rowing to team sports such Read more…

10 Tips to Get on the Coach’s Good Side

Follow these guidelines to get and stay on the coach’s good side…. 1. EMAILS: Read them.  Respond promptly, or within 24 hours.  Your team needs to know your availability and your commitment.  So if they don’t hear from you, they can’t plan around you being there. 2. DO WHAT YOU SAY YOU’RE GOING TO DO: Read more…

Crucial Information about Peak Ages for Olympic Sports | The Stats Zone

What is the “peak age” for a particular sport? As we are in the midst of researching the topic of identifying talent we came upon this article that discusses the average age of medalists.  Perhaps not surprisingly gymnastics winners are often in their teens.  In contrast, horseback riding at the other end of the spectrum with Read more…