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"You'll Be Glad We Found It For You." That's the motto of a unique new sporting good company you should know about, Upstart Sports, (upstartsports.com). What makes them different? Take a look at their product line and see how many you've seen on television commercials or on the end-caps of major sporting goods stores. Upstart's mission is to scour the landscape so as to bring exposure, credibility and, ultimately, lots of business to a selection of hand-picked products that are big on qualty but small in name recognition. At least for now.
Their plan is to develop a network of territory distributors who will market the Upstart product line directly to schools, colleges, youth sports leagues and end consumers. The companies that have "made the grade" and had their products included in the catalogue usually do not have the marketing budgets to hire large sales forces or advertise nationally. Thus, they tend to depend more on "word-of-mouth" and organic growth, which can be effective, but also slow. By creating a "co-op" of products all housed under one roof, distrbutors will have the advantage of being able to represent a diverse mix, making them more appealing to a broader spectrum of potential buyers.
Check them out and see what you think. Their mission is to bring you products from up-and-coming companies with a passion for what they do. You'll be glad they found them for you.
Source: Upstart Sports
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 considered 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 children 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 youngster'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 kids, 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
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.
If you want to capture the performance of your players as a coach then this is the perfect product for you. This piece of sporting equipment is the ultimate when it comes to capturing the vital data on the performance of a player. It is great for multi-sports. It is fantastic for tracking the data of tennis players, soccer players, basketball players, rugby players, football players and handball players. It collects data on the top speed of a player. It can tell you what your burst speed is and it can tell you your total distance covered in a game or practice session.
There is a slight catch to this incredible product. In order for you to efficiently capture the data of a player during training or during a match, you need to have miCoach compatible adidas shoes. You also will need to download the miCoach multi-sport app. The Speed_Cell itself comes with a lace clip for easy and comfortable on shoe positioning. The onboard memory is quite incredible and can store all measurement data for up to 7-8 hours of activity.
The technology is compatible with Bluetooth Smart Ready iPhones, which means that you will need Bluetooth 4.0 or higher in order for this product to work.
However, once you do get it working, the results are quite incredible. As a coach or player, you can quickly identify particular strengths or weaknesses. This means that you can hone in and master the skills where you may be lacking and exult in the skills and further perfect the skills that you already have. It is made from high quality components and boasts top of the line technology. If you take your sporting code seriously then you would seriously want to get a piece of this adidas incredible training product.
Eighteen months ago we did a review of Pro Ice, a product we loved so much it made our 2012 Product of the Year list. With four athletic kids who are always getting dinged up, we use it in our personal lives all the time.
What makes Pro Ice so special and unique is that there is no water melting, no mess; all of the cold comes from the dozens of small pockets nestled inside a cozy, comfortable, compression wrap that maintains a constant temperature and creates a more thorough, longer-lasting cold experience.
When my soccer-playing daughter came up hobbling from a bad ankle, I noticed that the larger wraps we had did not fit perfectly around her foot. The good folks at Pro Ice wanted us to fall in love with the product all over again so they kindly sent not only ankle wraps (pictured), but another full cooler with wraps to take care of backs, knees, elbows – you name it. She loves the ankle ice and uses it if she's having pain, but also therapeutically after practices and games, even if it doesn't hurt.
What I don't understand is why every high school and college doesn't have these cooler packs on hand for each sport. My son just finished his high school baseball season. On their team and, on nearly every high school and travel team anywhere, whenever a kid at bat jumps out of the way of a pitched ball instead of “taking one for the team," the guys in the dugout yell out with derisive humor, “We got ice.”
Well, no they didn't. There was no cooler of ice in the dugout. What this means is that if someone were to twist an ankle, get hit by a ball, anything that would call for immediate ice treatment, there was nothing available. I guess in an emergency they could try to trek to the school, find a container and an ice machine and lug it back, but that never happened. And pitchers? Shouldn't all of them ice their arms after every outing? Our pitchers didn't have access.
All a team would need is a Pro Ice Cooler, two or three of their pitchers shoulder wraps and 2-3 of the basic wraps that work on elbows, knees, backs, and even rap around those ribs that get plunked by a fastball. Simply put it in a freezer a few hours before a game and then bring it to the field each game and practice. No need to waste gallons of water, lug a huge cooler filled with heavy, wet ice. Pro Ice is the obvious solution not only for baseball but for football, soccer, lacrosse, - you name it.
We love spreading the Pro Ice gospel, because we love the product. If you're skeptical, just start with one of their wraps. Stick it in the freezer for a few hours then take it out and wrap it around what hurts. You'll be sold within minutes of feeling that cooling relief.
Source: Pro Ice