S.T.E.A.M. Education Can Be Fun

Steam education is the acronym for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.  “The STEAM education approach, in particular, challenges students to find solutions to open-ended problems and learn concepts in a multidisciplinary way based on relatable real world scenarios. Children are exposed to important new concepts and ideas like robotics, coding, AI, collaborative design, and mixed media, among others.”

Educators and parents employ different tools to spark interest in learning.  Museum trips, visits to the zoo, farms, and aquariums are just some of many ways to augment education.  Steam Craft shares the top 5 games that your kids can be playing that are fun and STEAM education supportive at the same time:

  1. Lightbot
  2. Lightbot Jr.
  3. Minecraft Edu
  4. Blokify
  5. Scrap Mechanic

For more details:  The Big Five: STEAM educational games your kids should be playing now


You Can Work on Developing Your Confidence and Efficacy

Coach Morgan Sullivan shares that “self-confidence and self-efficacy are commonly thought to be interchangeable, the main difference is that self-confidence is an overarching view of one’s own aptitude while self-efficacy is situationally dependent. Many sport psychologists consider self-confidence to be a personality trait; one that can, and does, adjust over time.”

Several sports psychologist suggest these ways of developing self-confidence:

  • drawing strength from past successes
  • consistently employing positive self-talk
  • remaining positive
  • studying and modeling behaviors of higher performing athletes

Self-confidence grows slowly, gradually over time, and evolves into your child’s personality, while self-efficacy is determined more by a child’s skill level at a particular task and can change rather quickly as they refine their skill level.  For example, as a child becomes adept at balancing on a board in a pool; he recognizes his efficacy in standing on a board in the pool, however, he may not be as confident enough to start surfing on the ocean.

Whether you are a coach or a parent, helping your children develop their self-confidence and recognizing their efficacy is important, not just in the sports arena but also for their personal growth.

Read more:  The Importance of Self-Confidence and Self-Efficacy

Pair Your Soccer Skills with Your Soccer Smarts

Spare 11 minutes to change a lifetime of your soccer plays.

  • Always know what you need to do
  • Focus on the sharpness of your movement
  • Always keep your head up and looking around
  • Watch a lot of professional soccer to analyze and learn from the best players
  • Constantly review your performances



Keep Your Dance Costumes Looking Fresh and Lovely

If your child is in a dance program then you know purchasing dance costumes can range from affordable to quite costly.  If your child dances in competition that expense can be bank breaking.  As the costume cost and usage increase, keeping costumes in the best shape is important.  Dance Spirit shares tips from Rhonda Bass, who has hand sewn costumes for many years at DC Dance Factory in Franklin, TN.

Here are a few sensible tips:

  • Store costumes in individual garment bags whenever possible
  • For transporting ease, store each costume in individual plastic bags within a garment bag
  • Store accessories in separate small bags
  • Ensure that any items that can snag fabric are stored separately or covered with tissue
  • Check items thoroughly after each use for stains or missing rhinestones/sequins
  • Carefully hand wash for stains and odors; keep baby wipes handy for lipstick stains

Dance costumes can be quite an investment and even if they are not costly, it is always wise to teach kids to treat their possessions with care.

Find out how to remove sweat stains:  How to Keep Your Dance Costumes Looking Good as New

Don’t Succumb to Pressure, Learn to Manage It!

Most everyone experiences fear, stress, worry, and pressure, and we are well aware that these feeling are not productive. Game time is often the citadel for anxious athletes, coaches, and even parents. Dr. G., The Competitive Edge, shares some tips on how to manage what he calls the “UC’s or Un-Controllables.” Give a listen and see if understanding and managing your ineffective responses will help improve your game.


Healthy Tips for Your Active Athlete

Healthy lifestyle habits are essential for everyone, athletes need to be even more aware and  should consistently make healthy choices.  An athlete’s body stays in shape only when optimal regular care is taken.  An essential part of athletic training includes incorporating daily healthy habits to keep your body fit and prepared for high level performance.  CoachUp Nation shares 5 habits to work on:

  1. Get plenty of rest
  2. Stay hydrated
  3. Don’t drink or smoke
  4. Avoid processed food
  5. Snack with fruits and nuts

Read more:  5 Essential Habits for Athletes


Debunking 10 Lacrosse Myths

US Lacrosse magazine is working to demystify a trend reported by a poll from the National Alliance for Youth Sports, “Around 70 percent of kids in the United States stop playing organized sports by age 13. Early-sport specialization encourages us to treat these children as commodities and cater to the few who peak early, rather than the masses of those who won’t realize their full athletic potential until they are well into their teens.”

Erin Smith, managing director of education and athlete development,  shares 10 myths about lacrosse that science and experience puncture.  Here are 3 of the 10 myths:

  1.  If your kid is an all-star at age 11, he or she will continue on the same trajectory for the rest of his or her athletic career. – Children who stand out early often get all the attention and extra coaching, therefore seem more successful early on.  If you are considering opting your child out early, please keep this in mind, “Research shows that  late growth spurt can do wonders for athletic potential.”
  2.  Drills are the only way your kid is going to get better at lacrosse. – Actually, of equal relevance is that your child is in sync with their own physical development, and learns movement patterns appropriate for their level.
  3. Practicing skills is boring. – Practicing is necessary to improve, however, skill practices can be designed to be fun and kid-centered.

Read more:  10 Myths About Youth Lacrosse and Athlete Development

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First Girls’ Tackle Football League

NBCNews.com shared the historic news of the first known all girls tackle football league for fifth and sixth grade girls in Utah.  With the help of 12 year old Sam Gordon of Wheaties fame, the league was able to fill 50 spots for four teams in only 30 days.

Considering the increased awareness and concern surrounding concussions in both amateur and professional leagues, it was important to hear, Samantha Rapoport, director of football development for USA Football say,  “And they know all the safety protocols that they need to implement in order to run a better and safer football league, and they’ve been doing that brilliantly,”

Read and see more:  Girls Tackle Football League Is a Big Hit

How is your Breaststroke Swimming Technique?

Thought prevails that the breaststroke is the oldest of all the swimming strokes. Breaststroke is also a popular style for casual swimmers, as breathing underwater can be limited and it can be swum at slow speeds. However, if you are in competition, strength and endurance are vital. See how you can your improve your breaststroke pull out.


Olympian Swimmer Camille Adams Needs Your Help for Houston

Cammile Adams represented the United States in the 200-meter butterfly event at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.  She was set to start her 6th grade teaching position when hurricane Harvey hit her hometown, Houston.  Her home in Houston was spared but many others were not.  “Obviously I wanted to do something to give back to all these families, and being in the swimming world, I thought, ‘How many swimmers have been displaced?’” Adams said.  “There’s a lot.”

So Camille, has organized a donation drive for swimmers.  Swimmers have lost all their swim gear and she wants to help them out by keeping their routines going.  Any unused equipment will then be sent to help out swim families in Florida.  For more information on the drive and two other fundraising events that Camille will be hosting, please read the article in Swimmer’s World.

Read more:  After Hurricane Harvey, Olympian Cammile Adams Gives Back to Her City