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How to Get Work Experience and Play Sports

Playing a sport, schoolwork, and then a job are often times too difficult to juggle. But we all know that being well-rounded is an important goal.  So how can you squeeze in one more important thing that you should be doing.  Angela Huckles, two-time US Soccer Olympic Gold Medalist shares 7 great ideas on how to weave work experience into your super busy athlete life:

  1. Job shadowing
  2. Take advantage of off season time
  3. Internships
  4. Change your Mindset
  5. Ask for help and know people are willing to help
  6. Plan Ahead
  7. Use resources around you

For details go to:  How to Gain Experience as a Student Athlete


Support Your Athlete In the Ways that Count

Most kids and that includes youth athletes, at a certain age act like they don’t want their parents around them.  But truth be told, many of them really appreciate and need your presence at game time rooting them on.  Janis B. Meredith of team SNAP shares 15 Intangible Ways to Show Support for Your Athlete.  Let’s start off with 5:

  • Let your young athlete choose their sport or choose not to play one
  • Be a positive spectator
  • Support without coaching
  • Express your pride, win or lose
  • Don’t let your young athlete’s sports define you as a parent



Parents Teach and Shape

Parents teach and shape their children, playing sports provides opportunities to do both.  Janis Meredith, sports parenting blogger and life coach, shares on USA Football’s blog, Teaching and shaping children: two keys to successful parenting.  Teaching is an important component of parenting, sports playing offers all kind of opportunities to teach skills and bond with your child in the sports arena.

The other part of parenting goes beyond improving their athletic skills.  Parents also need to be shaping their child’s character by modeling how they can deal with managing their frustrations on the field or court, a demanding coach, or difficult teammates,etc.  Character molding is as important as working on sports skills.  It’s good for parents to ask themselves, “When your kids grow up,do you want them to be skilled in sports, but lacking in character?”


Strength Training is Essential for Volleyball Players

Christye Estes, CSCS-certified strength coach shared in a JVA blog, why all volleyball athletes need to incorporate strength training in their workout regimen.  The strong quads, flexible and functional hamstrings, and powerful glutes vital to out-jump, out-cut, and out-sprint the opposing team needs sustained continuous work.  Christye even recommends lifting for young athletes to build the foundation of strength that is required for success.

The 3 top reasons you need to weight train include:  strength and power, preventing injuries and building team culture.  For more details and recommended exercises:  3 Reasons Volleyball Players Should Lift,



Can the Bat be Dead?

Just.Bats.com shares questions to help you figure out, if it is your bat that is affecting your hitting stats.  Of course, you realize that it’s best for the bat expert to see it, use it, and test it, but you can start off with these 8 questions:

  1. Are there any cracks or dents?
  2. Are you hearing a strange sound?
  3. Do your hands sting when you hit a sweet spot?
  4. Has the performance or pop of the bat declined recently?
  5. Is the handle getting pushed up into the barrel?
  6. Has your knob fallen off or the end cap popped out?
  7. Are you applying proper preventive care?
  8. Do you have access to a compression test?

For more detailed information:    Is My Bat Dead?


Swimmers Should Train on Dryland

It’s not always possible to train in a pool and it is important to workout when you are not swimming, this training can be called dryland training.  Stretching and strengthening the muscles you use during swimming is very important.  CoachUp Nation shares some of their certified exercises that work your core, arms and legs when you are on dry land:

  1. squats
  2. flutter kicks
  3. planks
  4. jumprope
  5. medicine ball
  6. huddle up

See Dryland Workouts For Swimmers for detailed instructions.


The Synergy of Sports and Entrepreneurial Skills

See how confidence, passion, single-mindedness, leadership and resilience, some of the things that you develop while growing as a sports athlete can help you to be a successful entrepreneur.  Angela Huckles, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist for US Soccer, and Chief Empowerment Officer of Empowerment Through Sport shares the report presented by espnW and Ernst & Young on May 3, 2017 at an espnW event in Chicago.

Five Strong Entrepreneurial Traits of Female Athletes


Parenting Rules With Wiggle Room

Janis Meredith of USA Football suggests that some parenting rules can have some wiggle room.  Parents can sometimes let down their guard in certain areas and at intermittent times.  These malleable rules could be:

  • Don’t push your kids – a gentle push in the right direction can be helpful at times
  • Kids need rest – an occasional late night especially over the summer just opens the door for a family adventure
  • Stay away from junk food – if the family follows a healthy regimen, a sweet treat once in a while won’t derail your healthy lifestyle
  • Don’t let your kids become couch potatoes – everyone needs some downtime as long as it’s not habitual
  • Don’t let your kids see you sweat – check in the mirror – you are human, it’s okay for your kids to see you upset and most importantly to see how you work things out
  • Don’t talk to the coach – when it comes to safety or moral issues, it’s okay for you to stand by your child

There are some rules that shouldn’t be crossed – your family can discuss those together.  Read and find out more:  6 rules of parenting that sometimes can be broken



Improving Your Basketball Workout

Even Tyler Gaffaney of CoachUp Nation admits that he has gotten caught up in just “shooting around” and considering that time spent as part of his basketball workout.  Make the most out of your time at the gym and follow these tips to maximize your basketball workouts:

  1. Create a workout plan for each session that includes drills, reps and rest times
  2. Workout early in the day
  3. Do your least liked drills first
  4. Have a healthy glucose snack
  5. Develop a workout habit

For more details:  5 Tips to Avoid “Shooting Around” Syndrome

Breakfast with coffee, orange juice, croissant, egg, vegetables and fruits

Food Is More Than Fuel

What and when you eat is important for athletes and non-athletes alike. Nancy Clark, internationally known sports nutritionist, shares a comprehensive nutritional plan for you to consider and try out to keep you active now and for years to come.  Nancy uses the American Heart Association statement to help guide you into thinking about how to eat intentionally.  And yes, if breakfast is still not your most important meal of the day, you need to rethink that!

Read more on mom’s Team: Meal timing, Does It Matter When You Eat?