None of us think of ourselves as the worst sports parent, or even a bad one. “That” terrible sports parent is the one foaming at the mouth, screaming at the officials, berating the volunteer coaches and pulling his kid off the team in anger. None of us are like that guy.
But have you ever thought that poor sports parenting might be more subtle? There may be little things you're doing without even realizing them that are undermining your child's confidence and eroding his desire to play. The evidence is clear: Seventy percent of kids drop out of athletics by age 13. Most of us with kids in sports have the best intentions, but we don't always have the best tools to react to the stress that goes along with our kids' participation.
Fortunately, John O'Sullivan has written what can best be described as an owners manual for parents of young athletes. In, Changing the Game, The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High-Performing Athletes and Giving Youth Sports Back to Our Kids, he discusses how the single greatest factor affecting a young athlete's performance is their state of mind and what you can do to avoid damaging their delicate equilibrium.
Read the chapters on the Seven C's, (Common Sense, Conditions, Communication, Control, Competence, Confidence and Caring), and see if you don't come away with a better understanding of how to empower your children. And anyone with children, even if they don't play sports, should take the section on Gratitude to heart.
O'Sullivan has a very clear mission. To take youth sports back from the obsessive, win-at-all-costs, private lessons every off-day, thousands-of-dollars-in-equipment-and-travel-to-get-ahead mentality gripping so many of us today, and bring back fun, healthy competition and enjoyment. He doesn't preach – but he will teach you how to take a more positive approach. And those of us who feel we have nothing to learn, quite possibly are “that” parent.
Source: Changing the Game
Nothing's worse than picking up a new ball and going to bounce or kick it, only to find it's semi-flat. If we discover that a leak is the cause of the problem our spriits instantly match the state of the spheroid, that is to say, deflated.
But quicker than saying, "Take two of these and call me in the morning," you can be back at play with a carefree heart and bouncing ball, thanks to the folks at Unique Sports and the Ball Doctor. Simply pump the syringe's magic medicine inside and bounce it a few times to get it distributed. You'll be amazed to find the leak is sealed and the expense of a replacement averted.
We've used the Ball Doctor many times on flattened basketballs, soccer balls and footballs and it's never let us down. It is super affordable and effective, just like all products offered by Unique Sports. Check them out for all of your needs in tennis, baseball, basketball, fooball, golf and more. You'll probably find something there that's just what the doctor ordered.
Source: Unique Sports
As the football season gets into official swing, there is one question that is going to perturb people that follow the game avidly. Is enough being done to protect players from concussion? This is not only a question for professionals, but across the board.
Concussion Mitigation Technologies is a company that has invested much time and effort to produce a helmet that reacts with intelligence to prevent concussions. It is arguably the safest football helmet on the planet.
The Smart Helmet is essentially a helmet with mini air bags. The air bags are operated by computer technologies. The technology is patented and will revolutionize the industry in terms of preventing concussions. While the prime target market is football, this helmet is revolutionary across the board.
The research and data collection that has gone into collecting the base for which the technology this helmet is built on is extraordinary. There is no product like it.
The beauty of the product is that it is scientifically driven and provides a real time solution to a very obvious problem.
Each helmet has a micro computer that essentially distributes cushioning for impact when necessary. These helmets may be slightly higher priced but it is a tiny price to pay when you consider the problem they fix.
The Smart Helmet is a product of Concussion Mitigation Technologies and may be the standard bearer for all future helmets, whether for military combat or regular Sunday football.
As we're so fond of pointing out, sometimes the most effective ideas are also the simplest. Now, GloballSports.net reinforces this point by developing a basketball aid that has the potential to be the best dribbling skills tool since the dribbling goggles. Dribble Mac is a device that will help players master the cross-over dribble and many other dribbling and passing skills.
Most basketball coaches use cones to teach different dribbling drills such as the cross-over. They'll tell players to get low, speed dribble and do not cross-over before they get to the cone. The Dribble Mac more simulates real game situations as players must dribble under something, causing them to approach, get low, and speed dribble all in one rep. This creates a more intense, focused dribbling exercise which can be used in most camps and as a tool at home to improve skills.
The Dribble Mac is reasonably priced and there is nothing else we've seen out there quite like it. For solo or team training, don't be surprised if these arches start popping up on basketball courts everywhere. They may not be golden in color, but they have big (Mac) potential.
What is superb about the Energy Balance Shop company bracelets is that the Energy Shop is so openly honest about their product which is truly refreshing. They do no make any claims about heightened energy or better balance, it has been reported after wearing these bracelets but this company makes no such claim. There must be something to it though, as the English Premier League saw it necessary to ban these bracelets.
The Energy Balance Bracelets are unique in that they do not look drab, they are made of 100% medical grade silicone and set with two negative ion holograms which are known to increase mental health, power and stamina as well as strengthen the body's immune system. Some might even find them rather funky. They are highly fashionable, if you do not believe in the positive effect, one thing is for certain, they will certainly do you no harm.
They come in an array of really great colors. These colors can match your teams colors or just be representative of you. Either way, this product would make a fine medium scale gift for any sport or fashion lover.