Fall tryouts are right around the corner. You may have even had a few captain’s practices already. Whether your sport is soccer, football, field hockey, volleyball, or a different fall sport, it’s important to make the proper offseason preparations in order to make a good first impression at tryouts. In the next few weeks before tryouts begin, you can prepare to stand out on the field by following these tips for making the most of fall tryouts. Continue Reading
The brain and the body go hand-in-hand when it comes to performance. If you think a race is stressful, your body will react by being tense and tight. When you’re having fun your body is loose and relaxed. Therefore, relaxation for athletes is imperative for personal enjoyment and performance success.
It was always the last thing my mother and father would say to me before dropping me off at soccer practice or any athletic endeavor I tried when I was a kid.
They would say, sometimes shout as I sprinted towards the field, “Do well, and have fun!”
It seems like such a simple concept when it comes to youth athletics. I mean, that alone should be the reason why kids are out there playing sports with their friends and getting in exercise as well.
But fun seems to be finding its way out of youth sports, at least according to a study done by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
My family is wrapping up one of the busiest seasons we’ve had. The summer time should be a time to unwind and relax, but for us, I have to admit, it has been a grind. And most of it has been self-induced. It’s probably the challenge that plagues most sports loving families. Multiple kids playing multiple sports. We did this all in the same season, instead of playing one sport…each season.
Now, don’t get me wrong, while it was a grind I still have thoroughly enjoyed everything, and so have our kids. But we did reach a point where I think our entire family got burned out. Continue Reading
If every youth sports team took the time to list their core values and then worked to implement them throughout the season, I think that things might look a bit differently in today’s youth sports culture.
Coaches and parents are so busy buying uniforms, finding a place to practice, setting up volunteer lists, and organizing equipment that it’s way too easy for them to forget the value of youth sports.
If you are a coach, or a parent with influence on your child’s team, it’s time to establish some team core values. These are my top 5, in no specific order: Continue Reading
Barefoot running has become a popular trend in recent years, infusing the market with many options for barefoot and minimal footwear. While running in these shoes may seem exciting and interesting, they also increase the workload that the body is used to doing, and force the body to stabilize and support itself in new ways. Inadequate strength and stability open the door for injuries to occur. Use these tests to assess whether or not you’re ready for a minimal ride.
Camille Murphy simply loves basketball. Growing up in a house full of boys who loved sports, she was constantly living and breathing the game at a young age. Continue Reading
When it comes to entertaining activities in the Northeast, there are plenty of hidden gems that are also quite cheap. Check out our list of the top 13 affordable sport events in the greater Boston and New England area this summer.
Whether you’re hitting up the summer road race circuit or getting your fitness level up for team tryouts, everyone can stand to brush up on good running form and technique. Avoid losing precious energy while running by making sure you are following these three tips for running more efficiently.