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Heat-Related Illnesses, How to Prepare, Recognize Signs and Take Action to Keep Our Young Athletes Safe

By Lynn Campbell on 7/31/2019
As the new school year approaches that means the start of practice for our High School and youth fall sports.  With the scorching temperatures we have been facing it is more important than ever to educate coaches, parents and all athletes about heat preparedness before they take the field.  Be proactive in your awareness!
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How to recruit the help you need for your Youth Sports Association?

By Lynn Campbell on 5/1/2019

We are seeing a decline in today's parents willingness to help. If parents don’t know about your needs, the different opportunities or feel welcome, then the chance of them volunteering are slim to none. So how do we get them out of their chair and on the front lines?

Here are six tips on how to position your association to get the help you need to create a strong and sustainable association:

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Getting the next generation of young parents to step up to the plate.

By Lynn Campbell on 4/18/2019
We are seeing a decline in youth sports participation.  But even more so in those participants parents as coaches and volunteers.  At specific ages we see children leaving sports but we are seeing a decline in this current generation of millennials that are becoming parents and not offering their time to help volunteer or run our local youth sports programs.  Majoring of these associations are community based and volunteer run with little to no budgets. Every penny has to be spent on needs not wants.  So paying for help is not always an option.
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Cyberbullying: What You Need to Know to Keep Kids Safe Online and Off

By Lynn Campbell on 12/1/2017

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Cyberbullying: What You Need to Know to Keep Kids Safe Online and Off

For parents who experienced bullying as getting cornered in the hallway or a black eye on the playground, it may be hard to understand how online teasing amounts to abuse. But cyberbullying is so much more than unkind words said online.

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How To Help A Child With Anxiety Cope With A Big Change

By Lynn Campbell on 8/8/2017

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Adolescent anxiety can strike at a pretty young age, although it can be difficult to discern in a child who can’t express his emotions enough to tell you what’s going on. It can cause physical distress, depression, and mood swings that sometimes look like something else, meaning the anxiety goes undiagnosed. If your child has recently begun experiencing these changes--or if he’s been diagnosed with anxiety--and your family is about to undergo a big change, it’s important to know some ways to help minimize the triggers and help your child learn to cope with those feelings.

 Often, kids don’t experience anxiety until they hit puberty; all those hormones and changes can cause quite an uproar mentally, emotionally, and physically. However, big changes such as a move, switching schools or teachers, a divorce, or a death in the family can lead to feelings of anxiety that may be expressed as anger or sadness.

 One of the first steps in helping your child is to make sure he feels supported. Let him know that anxiety is common, even in young people, and that there are many ways you can work together to figure out how to deal with those feelings when they arrive.

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Youth Sports: Still Failing Our Kids - How to Really Fix It

By Lynn Campbell on 5/16/2017

Youth Sports Still Failing Our KidsBob Bigelow, former college and NBA player, has advocated for youth sports reform for over 25 years, conducting hundreds of community talks, and making numerous conference and media appearances since 1990. He co-authored Just Let the Kids Play (2001), the first book to identify that youth sports “systems” are the root cause of the many problems children face in simply enjoying and learning as they grow. This first book offered practical ways to restructure youth programs to better serve the physical and emotional needs of children. Bob’s recommendations included limiting (and even eliminating) elite traveling teams at young ages, promoting equal playing time, creating team parity, implementing shorter seasons to avoid burnout and overuse injuries, playing multiple sports for better long-term athletic development, recognizing some kids are later bloomers who shouldn’t get left out, and improving coach training and parent education. Bob also introduced his unique “Recess Model&rdqu ...

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Juggling After-School Activities: A Guide for Parents

By Rich Campbell on 9/27/2016

tournament management best practicesWhile parents want their children to be well-rounded individuals and try to provide as many opportunities for them as they can, it can be more than a little tricky to juggle everyone’s schedules and after-school activities. Between sports and other extracurricular activities, dinner, housework, homework, bath, and bedtime, parents and children rarely have time for anything else, and sometimes they don’t even have time for all of that. If you’re searching for an answer to the after-school juggling routine, you may find some of our tips helpful for making it all work.

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3 Keys to Managing a Youth Sports Tournament

By Paul Langhorst on 5/19/2016

tournament management best practicesThe keys to managing a great youth sport tournament are not as complex as you might think. To help peel back this onion, we reached out to Tim Brownlee, president of Diamond Sports Promotions to get his thoughts. Diamond Sports Promotions (DSP) was started in 2005 and is based in Normal, IL, which is located in the heart of Illinois about 2 hours from St. Louis. DSP runs about 70 high-school aged tournaments per year encompassing 800 to 1000 teams per year.  DSP is a very busy and well run program, and while their focus is baseball, their approach to running tournaments applies well to all youth sports. 

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Youth Sports Injury Statistics and Resources

By Paul Langhorst on 5/5/2016

current youth sports injury statisticsCurrent youth sports injury statistics and resources suggest that the overall youth sports injury rate hovers around 1%, with an injury resulting in an ER visit.  However, if you read today's headlines and listen to the pundits you might get the impression that following a youth sports game, that all the players (and some of the coaches and ref's) are in the hospital.  Well, that is certainly hardly the case and could not be farther from the facts. In this blog post we present several youth sports facts below, which we feel help point to some key sources of injury and a better understanding of youth sports injury. 

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New Recommendations for Youth Sports Strength Training

By Paul Langhorst on 5/5/2016

Recommendations for youth sports strength training are affected by the debate for and against that exists among the medical community, sports community and parenting community.  The argument against strength training, especially for kids under 12 years old holds that strength training, especially weight lifting, will damage growth plates causing injury and abnormal bone development. More recent studies suggest strength training, if done properly, has significant benefits including improved performance and resistance to injury. In this post we present more details on these arguments and specific recommendations from the Council of Youth Sports and Medical Fitness.

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