Protect Youth Sports By Implementing These 4 Ideas With Your Team

If you hadn’t yet heard, participation in youth team sports in the United States is declining. In 2014, 26 million kids were playing, representing a 4 percent decrease from five years earlier. Although some of this drop can be attributed children moving to individual sports, some of it is caused by kids leaving team sports and not participating in any organized activity altogether. In an age when childhood obesity is such an issue, this decline should give league directors, coaches, and parents reason to be concerned. […]

2016-06-28T20:19:22+00:00 June 28th, 2016|Protecting Your Kids|

3 Ways Parents Can Protect Their Youth Athletes

There is always a risk of injury when you’re playing youth sports. And unless you’re just going to cover your kid in bubble wrap for the rest of their lives, there is always the chance that something could go wrong and they’ll get hurt. But parents can and do make a difference when it comes to keeping their kids safe and preventing most injuries. All it requires is a little extra attention.   […]

2014-11-13T19:45:43+00:00 November 13th, 2014|Health & Safety, Protecting Your Kids|

What Are Your Sports League’s Sexual Abuse Policies?

As much as we want to trust our friends and neighbors, our teachers and coaches, our community leaders and volunteers, the simple fact is that we can’t risk our children’s safety, no matter how much we may think “well that wouldn’t happen here.” Every year more than 3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States (and who can say for sure how many unreported cases there are), meaning it can and is happening in our communities. And what’s even more disturbing is that more than 90% of juvenile sexual abuse victims know their perpetrator in some way. These aren’t wandering predators swooping into our community without warning. The perpetrators are our friends, neighbors, coaches. People we know and trust and see every day. […]

2014-08-06T16:52:57+00:00 August 6th, 2014|Protecting Your Kids|

The Most Dangerous Sports

Even with the best intentions and safety measures in place, accidents can and do happen in youth sports. Kids are going to skin their knees, jam their fingers, sprain their ankles, and so forth. Approximately 8,000 children are treated in emergency rooms each day for sports-related injuries.  Fortunately, most of these injuries are relatively minor and with a few days rest your child is right back in the game. We can’t wrap our kids in plastic bubbles every time they walk onto the field, but at the same time it’s important to be aware of what could happen so that in the event of an emergency we know how to react. […]

2014-07-17T14:59:35+00:00 July 17th, 2014|Health & Safety, Protecting Your Kids|

Preventing Child Abuse in Youth Sports

April was first declared Child Abuse Prevention Month by presidential proclamation in 1983. According to Department of Justice statistics, a child in America is sexually assaulted every two minutes. Unfortunately the majority of incidents are not reported because children are afraid to tell anyone what has happened–perhaps they feel no one will believe them, or perhaps their abuser has convinced them something even worse will happen if they tell. Some kids may even feel the abuse is their “fault,” and they brought it upon themselves. Child abuse can happen everywhere, not just in the home. As the National Council on Youth Sports stated; […]

2014-04-04T13:46:44+00:00 April 4th, 2014|Protecting Your Kids|