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Category: Sports

Posted July 15, 2015, 8 a.m. by Bill Higgins | View Comments
3 lessons from the women's soccer team

The World Cup victory of the United States women's soccer team has been heralded throughout the world and the players are being saluted coast to coast. Everyone loves a winner, especially when it comes wrapped in red, white and blue. But now what? The harsh reality is the afterglow will wane and these women will fade from the sporting consciousness, not likely to reappear until next summer’s Olympics in Brazil. So what lessons should our daughters (and sons) take from this team? 1.These were athletes – not female athletes. These players were all about grit and skill. The enduring emotional ...

Posted June 29, 2015, 8 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
When Your Teen Doesn’t Make the Team

Rejection hurts at any age but teens often feel it more keenly, especially when it concerns a coveted place on the team. Losing out and disappointment are part of life and hard lessons we all need to learn along our journey. As parents, it’s our role to guide our teens through the situation, bearing in mind that how we react is likely to have a long-lasting effect on them. Keep Emotions in Check In this kind of scenario, parents often experience strong emotions, including sadness, anger and disappointment, but it is important to keep a reign on any strong feelings ...

Posted Feb. 18, 2015, 10 a.m. by Randi Mazzella | View Comments
sportsmanship in teens

This past month, a California High School girls’ basketball game received a lot of media attention. The Arroyo Valley HS team (one of the better team’s in the region with a 15 to 1 record) beat the winless Bloomington HS team by a score of 161 to 2. After the game, Michael Anderson, the coach of the Arroyo Valley team was suspended for two games. “Unfortunately, lopsided scores happen every year, and especially during the basketball season,” says Rick Wolff host of the WFAN show Sports Edge. “It's one thing for a team to lose by 20 or even 30 ...

Posted Dec. 29, 2014, 10 a.m. by Randi Mazzella | View Comments
Should Your Teen Play Sports in College?

Since age six, my daughter has been playing sports. Naturally athletic and with a strong competitive spirit, she played a variety of sports until she got to high school and began focusing on track. A varsity athlete her whole high school career, she now faces a decision – should she try to continue competing in college? Understanding the Different Levels of College Sports The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) designates three levels of college play (Division I, II and III) that vary in terms of time commitment and eligibility requirements. To find out more about NCAA and the differences between ...

Posted Sept. 13, 2014, 11 a.m. by Randi Mazzella | View Comments
youth sports

As a mother of triplet sons and a youth sports coach herself, Brooke de Lench has learned a lot first hand about youth sports. De Lench says, “Sports programs that are well run set a child on a love affair with sports and fitness for a life time with numerous benefits." Risks in Youth Sports While there are many benefits to playing youth sports there are also risks. The pressures and dangers of youth sports have gotten more media attention in recent years. The year-round commitment some sports require has led to an increase in athlete burnout and injuries. The ...

Posted Sept. 5, 2014, 2:11 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
MomsTEAM youth sports safety summit

Do you ever worry about your teenager’s safety during a sports practice or game? You aren’t being over protective. In fact, you aren’t the only one. If you are in the Boston or Massachusetts area and have children or teenage athletes, you should know about the SmartTeams Play Safe™: Protecting the Health & Safety of the Whole Child In Youth Sports By Implementing Best Practices summit. The summit is being held at Harvard Medical School’s Joseph B. Martin Conference Center on Monday, September 15th, 2014. The cost of the event is $45. MomsTEAM Keeping Youth Athletes Safe The sponsor of ...

Posted April 1, 2014, 11 a.m. by Andrew Belasco | View Comments
Playing Your Way into an Elite College: College Athletes

Ivy League schools and many elite colleges with Division III athletics purport not to grant admissions favor or any edge in scholarship consideration to student-athletes. In related news, Taco Bell claims that their tacos are made with 100% sirloin beef… Since you can’t always believe the party line, student athletes interested in parlaying their physical gifts into selective college admission should be aware of the realities that lie beneath the posture of sports indifference. In truth, if you can shoot, skate, cradle, dribble, sprint, throw, or volley better than 99% of your peers, then you have a significant admissions advantage ...

Posted March 26, 2014, 2:23 p.m. by Randi Mazzella | View Comments
7 Tips for Parents of Athletes

Parenting a teenage athlete has its moments of fun and excitement, but can also be stressful and time consuming. Here are 7 tips for parents to bring out the best in their teenage athletes, and in themselves on the sidelines. 7 Tips for Parents of Athletes 1. Support your child on the field. Cheer for your athlete in a positive and respectful manner. Be encouraging. Emphasize fun and effort, not results and winning. 2. Help your teen set attainable goals toward which to work. Your child can’t control how fast the other swimmers at a meet swim, but he can ...

Posted March 20, 2014, 11 a.m. by Kristen Licciardi | View Comments
Athletic Recruiting

Getting into college is not as simple as it used to be. To stand out in a field of star students, college applicants are expected to shine in the classroom and beyond. Not surprisingly, athletics are taking a more prominent role on the well-rounded student resume. ESPN’s recent study on youth and competitive sports notes that overall, high schools are expanding athletic opportunities for students. Club teams are proliferating, too, separately from school programs. In certain sports like soccer, teens are increasingly foregoing high school teams altogether to play exclusively for clubs—a development that is impacting high school athletic programs ...

Posted March 14, 2014, 11 a.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Careers in Sports

A career as a professional athlete is a dream for many teens. Most of them start playing sports as young as 5 years old and fall in love with their game of choice. When they see big, professional, famous athletes on TV, they most likely aspire to be in their shoes one day.It is often in high school that many teens realize the odds are not in their favor. In fact, according to the NCAA, it is estimated that only 1 in 16,000 high school athletes attains a professional career in sports. That being said, your teenager should not lose ...

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