The Importance of Hydration for Athletes

2017-12-18T15:17:11+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Blog, Nutrition & Fitness, team management, Uncategorized|

Maintaining proper hydration is not only important for your health, but it has a major impact on performance. Simply stated - a well-hydrated athlete will perform better in the final minutes of a game or over the course of an entire practice. Knowledge about hydration and electrolyte balance has come a long way since the days of halftime orange slices. Through science and measurement we know exactly how much fluid needs to be replenished during strenuous exercise, but keeping kids hydrated can still be a challenge. Here are five tips to make sure your team is hydrated and stays hydrated during the season. Hydrate before you recreate We all know the importance of taking water breaks during practices and games, but there’s no way of knowing how hydrated a kid is when he/she arrives. By starting each practice or a game with a water break you’re making sure that each child has a base level of fluids in their [...]

College Recruiting Series #8: 5 Steps to Writing an Eye-Catching Email to College Coaches

2018-01-15T15:07:22+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Sending an introductory email to college coaches can be a great way to get your foot in the door with programs you’re interested in. However, writing an email to a college coach takes some preparation and planning. Coaches get a lot of emails every day. Think, in the hundreds or even thousands. In other words, your email needs to really stand out. It should be clear, concise and to the point, illustrating why you’re interested in that coach’s program and why you would be a good fit. Coaches aren’t going to read—or even open—generic, mass emails sent to all the programs you’re interested in. Follow our email guidelines below to create your best message. Want to stand out even more to college coaches? Start your free profile with NCSA. Step 1: Your subject line should include key pieces of information about you as a recruit If you don’t have a [...]

College Recruiting Series #7: How to find the best NCAA division level for you

2018-01-15T15:05:11+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|

If you’re struggling to start your college search process, you’re not alone! With some 5,300 colleges and universities across the United States, creating your list of top schools requires filtering through thousands of different institutions. To help you better understand your options, we’ve put together some guidelines about what makes each NCAA division level unique. As you’re considering which division level is right for you, keep an open mind. Many athletes will only look at DI schools, turning down opportunities at a DII or DIII institution. Oftentimes, these athletes will miss their chance to compete in college athletics because they focused on schools that weren’t the right fit. Instead, determine what you want out of your college experience, assess your athletic talent and go from there. Many athletes who have the talent to compete at a Division I school, opt to play DIII because they prefer a smaller campus and [...]

Pre and Post Practice or Game Snack Ideas for the Busy Sports Parent 

2018-01-15T12:03:45+00:00 July 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|

There are so many challenging things about being a sports parent. One of those things is coming up with quick and healthy snacks for before and after practices or games. We have all been there…running from work and hustling to get our kids packed and out the door and we forget about having enough snacks to get our athletes fully fueled. The solution often ends up being to get hot dogs or burgers at the concession stand, or to frantically make a fast-food stop because your son or daughter is hungry and complaining in the back seat.  […]

You’re Doing It Right, Even When You Think You Aren’t

2018-01-15T10:00:41+00:00 July 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Being a sports parent is tough, especially when it comes to parenting youth athletes. It’s a constant balancing act between pushing your children to greatness while letting them have fun at the same time. You want them to become leaders for their teammates while keeping the weight of the season off of their shoulders so they can enjoy their time as youth athletes. When my kids were going through sports as youth athletes, I constantly felt like I was doing it all wrong. One minute I felt like I was propping them up for success and another I felt like I was setting them up for failure. It took me a long time to realize that no sports parent is perfect and all sports parents just want their kids to be successful, grow and have fun. That is all I truly wanted for my young athletes. […]