Blog

Sports Moms Sound Off: Best Cameras for Sports Moms

Read More

Best 3 Tips for Bleacher Behavior

My journey as a sports mom began over 25 years ago when my oldest, now 31, became a little gymnast.   All three of my children started sports before they started school and between the three of them, played 8 different sports.  If you add up all the hours I’ve spent watching my kids play sports growing up and in college and my husband coach for 29 years, it would amount to over 10 straight months of watching competitions–24/7.   Through the years I’ve learned a few lessons on how to appropriately behave as a spectator.   Of course, I blew it a lot at the beginning–yelled things to the refs I shouldn’t have, struggled with bad attitudes towards coaches or players–and sometimes, but I did finally learn some things along the way about how to be a good spectator in youth sports:   Be Your Kid’s Cheerleader, but Don’t…

Read More

A Grocery Game Plan for Sports Moms

Does grocery shopping have you needing Excedrin Migraine and a nap?     You are not alone!     Grocery stores thrive on confusion and impulsivity. They hope you become overwhelmed, hungry and confused so that you are not an informed shopper.   This leads us to grab food off the end caps which generally is not much of a bargain.     As we rush through the store we gravitate towards foods that are generally within our eyesight. We tend to be less organized dependent on our brain’s ability to recollect visual grocery lists as well as mapping out the schedules of your children’s many activities.   Here are some tips to help make grocery shopping more manageable and life at home less stressful.     1.  Build Your Kitchen Go-to Necessities.   • Recommend having at least 3 go-to meals you always have on hand. These meals can…

Read More

You Might Be A Sports Mom If…

I have t-shirts proudly proclaiming it and my car confirms it.   I AM A SPORTS MAMA!   You?   Then I bet some of these (or all of these) apply to you, too!   Straight from the Sports Mamas who know best,  you might be a Sports Mama if…   When you make a trip to the car wash for baseball pants and leave with a dirty car. – Stacy Elwartowski   You have 47 half-empty water bottles rolling around in your 7 passenger mobile locker room. Oh and I only have 2 kids…of my own. – Shanon Lessard     When someone asks “what’d you do this weekend” and the answer never features “slept, read a book, cleaned my house, went to the pool, etc” – Heather Hawkins     When you are tired from late games and up at the crack of dawn for another game and going to…

Read More

10 Ideas For Daily Sports Mom Self-Care

Self-care activities can easily be added to your daily routine without changing much or adding a lot of time to your day. It’s not hard if you try to make it simple.   Let’s look at 10 simple ideas you can do to add self-care to your daily life:   Wake up Earlier  Wake up just thirty minutes earlier than normal. Make a cup of coffee or tea and go outside and breathe in a few breaths of fresh air. Alternatively, you can choose to go for a walk, read the newspaper, or read a book. It’s up to you, but don’t do anything that makes you stressed out. This is quiet time JUST FOR YOU.   Use Wait Times  Sports moms know all about wait times.   Who else feels like, although we love to watch our kids compete, we spend way so much time waiting? Waiting for the…

Read More

Episode #20 – Thank You, Sports Mom! with Peter & Sheryl Schwartz

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle:   “Thank you, Sports Mom!” We all know sports moms are truly the heartbeat of youth sports and so it’s time to say thank you and to celebrate all that you do.   I’m joined by Peter and Sheryl Schwartz. Peter wrote a blog post for USA Football titled, “Why My Sons Have a Special Sports Mom.”   Why Peter wrote the post and how he recognized how much Sheryl does to support their sons in their sports.   Sheryl’s tips to keep her son’s uniforms clean and white.   What Sheryl loves most about being a sports moms and the community and family that forms when your kids are in sports.   Peter shares what he loves most about Sheryl and why she deserves Sports Mom of the Year.   Links & References:   You can read Peter’s blog post: https://blogs.usafootball.com/blog/6153/why-my-sons-have-a-special-football-mom  …

Read More

Does Yelling Instructions Hurt My Kid?

I watch and keep my mouth shut, but honestly… it’s so. incredibly. hard.   As a sports mom (and a competitive, former college athlete) I want to share my experience.   Trap! Trap! Trap! I want to scream to my son while watching his basketball game. The opponent is dribbling straight into the corner of the court! He’s in the perfect position to be well…trapped.   And so am I.   I get trapped by my need to continue to parent, to give instruction and to be helpful when my help and instruction are no longer needed or helpful.     In fact, my attempt to help is actually hurting my athlete.   Dr. Alan Goldberg,  Sports Performance Consultant and internationally-known expert in peak performance, says this… When you offer technique, tactics or strategy information, when you provide ongoing corrections and/or criticism, then you are making a BIG, performance disrupting mistake,…

Read More

Episode #19 – How Can My Athlete Discipline Disappointments?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle:   Today’s question: How Can My Athlete Discipline Disappointments?   I’m joined by Chas Snowden. She is a professional crossfit athlete. Chas is ranked 24th in the world in her age group and is an advocate for healthy living.   How Chas approaches her journey as a crossfit athlete.   Why you have to choose to keep working and not let yourself get stuck to keep from moving backward.   Why the joy is in the journey and why you need to enjoy the little things, the days in the gym and the grind along the way.   Chas talks about her own sports mom and why it’s important for us to check in with our athletes and make sure they are experiencing joy in their athletic pursuits.   Links & References:   You can connect with Chas: https://in3nutrition.com/chasity-bio/   Chasity “Chas” Snowden…

Read More

Me Time Isn’t Actually Selfish

Not another self-care article.   Is that what you’re thinking?   Yes, it’s a total buzzword and it’s overused. But usually, when that happens, it’s because we collectively have a need to label and focus our energy on something.   And it’s okay.   You might have even noticed “me time” is considered a negative or selfish thing by much of society. You may feel a bit of resistance while trying to take care of yourself more. It’s a normal response in a society where we are raised on working hard and helping others BEFORE we can help ourselves. Self-care feels more like a reward for working hard than something that is vital to your health.   That simply is not true, self-care isn’t actually selfish.   Lean in, Mama!   Your Oxygen First   You might have heard this before but it’s a great example and needs to be repeated.…

Read More

Episode # 18 – Can An App Find My Athlete A Scholarship?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle:   Today’s topics: Andrew’s journey as a professional athlete and all about his amazing Apps.   I’m joined by Andrew Fair. He is a professional basketball player, creator of YouthKinect and HoopKinect Apps, Author and an all-around awesome guy!   Andrew’s journey to becoming a professional athlete after suffering an injury.   How traveling for his career broadened his horizons and taught him about hard work.   How Andrew started his YouthKinect App and how the App helps high schoolers find scholarships for college.   HoopKinect App’s development and how it helps athletes find agents and teams.   Links & References:   You can connect with Andrew: www.thehoopkinect.com, YouthKinect in App Store When a Son Knows His Mother’s Heart   My name is Andrew Fair, 2012 Business Management graduate from the University of St. Francis, founder of YouthKinect, and current professional basketball player.…

Read More