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Preparing for the 1st Camp

Posted by Jordan Snider on Apr 6, 2017 5:00:48 AM

A family preparing to send a child to a ‘first ever’ summer camp will likely experience a lot of emotional peaks and valleys. For parents and children alike, there will be rushes of excitement and maybe even a twinge of uncertainty. Something new naturally creates a mixed bag of emotions. Once those timid thoughts are conquered by all the ‘positives’ a child is about to be a part of  camp, it’s time to get everything in order to make it a pleasant success.

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Topics: first time campers, parents, planning, Views

Benefits of Attending a Day Camp

Posted by Jordan Snider on Apr 3, 2017 5:00:57 AM

Getting into the sports camp scene may seem to be a daunting task upon first glance. A parent wants a child’s camp to be a positive experience for the child (as well as for the parents). No matter the age group, the day camp alternative can be an excellent choice.

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Topics: parents, Views, Day camp

Sports and Child Development

Posted by Jordan Snider on Mar 27, 2017 5:00:38 AM

Your child is growing and building new skills every day. Even though sports seem mostly physical, they also include other areas of development. More specifically, all of the areas of development – cognitive, social, and emotional. Understanding the connection between what your child is doing right now, can do, will do, and might not do for a while, and athletic types of activities can help to make the most of your child's sporting experience. Learning about the sequence of child development, major milestones, and what to expect (and when) in terms of team play gives you the power to pick a sport that suits your child’s needs and abilities. So, what’s going on with your awesome athlete’s development? Check out the milestone markers that may directly affect what and how your child plays!

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Topics: parents, Views, skill level, child development

Parent or Coach? What Happens When You’re Both?

Posted by Jordan Snider on Feb 2, 2017 5:00:44 AM

Parental involvement is key at every level. At school. Obviously, at home. And, when it comes to sports, too. But, what happens when you move from the sidelines and onto the field? That’s right – you’re the coach and a parent at the same time. Not only are you rooting for your child, but you have a whole team of children to help, too. Understanding how this balancing act plays out on the field, and at home is all part of being both parent and coach.

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Topics: coaching, parents, success, team, Views

Communication is Key: The Parent-Coach Relationship

Posted by Jordan Snider on Dec 29, 2016 5:00:01 AM

Your schedule is filled with parent-teacher conferences, and your inbox is packed with classroom newsletter emails. You’ve got the school thing covered when it comes to constant communication. But, what about your child’s coach? The parent-coach relationship is crucial to your child’s success. Understanding the what’s, when’s and why’s of communicating is the first step in developing this all-important relationship.

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Topics: coaching, parents, success, Views

The Importance of Scheduling in Free Play

Posted by Jordan Snider on Dec 15, 2016 5:00:12 AM

Today's parents - and kids - are busy, busy, busy. There are schedules to be followed, clubs to be attended, and homework assignments to be completed. But free play is important too, so how can you schedule some in?

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Topics: fun, parents, planning, Views, play

3 Books Your Sporty Child Will Love

Posted by Jordan Snider on Dec 8, 2016 5:00:37 AM

All parents want the best for their kids. You want your children to hold their own on the field but also have an imagination that loves getting lost in stories. If your children aren't big on reading, here are a few books that could change that.

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Topics: parents, Views, books, Reading

5 Things All Soccer Parents Have In Common

Posted by Jordan Snider on Dec 1, 2016 5:00:35 AM

Being a soccer parent gives you magical powers to spot any other soccer parents within a 5k radius. Soccer parents are your community, they know what you’re going through and here’s how you find them.

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Topics: health, parents, planning, Views, friends, soccer

How to Survive Getting Cut from Your Favorite Sport

Posted by Jordan Snider on Nov 23, 2016 5:00:51 AM

The friendship between Diane and Alicia started six years ago when both began playing soccer in their local recreational program. After attending elementary school together, they were looking forward to being in the same middle school home room. Before their middle school started in September they decided to try out for the soccer team together. On the first day of school, both girls were faced with a personal dilemma. Alicia was named to the soccer team. Diane was not, as she was one of several players not making the final roster.

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Topics: parents, persevere, Views, sportsmanship

Welcoming New Teammates

Posted by Jordan Snider on Nov 17, 2016 5:00:10 AM

Roger has been on the same basketball team for five years. In that time, he has made several friends and has even attended the same school as most of his teammates. Roger’s comfortable situation is about to change. His father’s promotion at work requires the family to move to another city. Amongst other things, a family's relocation has immediate impact on a child’s athletic life.

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Topics: coaching, parents, team, Views, leadership, sportsmanship

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