Too Much Bench Warming?

Truth be told, every parent thinks that their child is a star athlete. Finding out that your child is spending a lot of time on the bench and not on the field is often very upsetting for both you and your child.  So what can you do as a parent to talk with your child’s coach without breaching courtesy.  Inside Baseball shares some good tips:

  • Familiarize yourself with your child’s league’s rules on playing time.
  • Find time that works for your coach outside of practice and game time to calmly discuss your concerns about your child’s playing time.

What happens if the coach shares that your child does not seem to be really interested in the sport.  What do you do then?  Here are some options to think about:

  • Consider igniting the fire back into your child’s belly by taking the time to practice regularly together.   Strong skills require, time, patience and repetition.  Use all available resources to support your child.
  • Consistently validate your child when they do well and clearly identify the reasons for your praise, so that they know exactly what they are doing right.
  • Consider taking a field trip together and watch a semi-professional or professional team play.  There is nothing like live sports to have your child connect with the game.

Whatever you do to help your child find their love for the sport will also bring you both the gift of time spent together.

Find out more:  Your Kid Sit On The Bench A Lot In Baseball Games?

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How Does Your State Rank in Numeracy?

Math ∞ Blog shares their results on a numeracy test they gave to 1,580 average Americans all over the country with at least 30 people from each state.  They felt it important to mention that they did not include their readers whom they broadly felt may have a higher numeracy score.

They used a 5 question test.  The 5 questions came from a UK numeracy test created by National Numeracy. They chose different difficulty levels:  an entry level question, a bronze level and silver level question, and two  advanced level questions.

Scoring methodology used:  “We took an average score of correct answers for each question then combined these scores to provide a final average and to determine a numeracy score for each state.”

See how your state compares with the rest of the nation.  And this summer, don’t forget to enroll your child at Futures Stars Academic Camp.

To see breakdown by state and map:  Which States Are The Best (& Worst) At Math

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Are Your Elbows Pained After Swimming?

Swim Smooth shares the history of how coaching styles may have contributed to elbow pain attributed to swimming.  “All through the 1990s and much of the 2000s, swim coaches thought the holy grail of good swimming technique was to make the stroke as long as physically possible.”  This line of thinking to get maximum mileage from the rear stroke can create 3 problems:

  1. The first concern is that just like a glide at the front, it creates a dead spot in the stroke, and then there is a gap in propulsion between the two arms. Water is 800 times more dense than air, so this gap in propulsion means you decelerate and lose speed.
  2. Locking out the elbow at the rear places a huge amount of stress on the elbow joint, commonly resulting in elbow pain or injury.
  3.  When you over-emphasize the rear stroke you will have a tendency to push the water upwards.  This produces a downward force, sinking the legs. This means you either have to kick harder to keep them up or they sink creating extra drag.

“If you suffer from elbow pain when you swim, you need to move away from overly emphasizing the rear of your stroke and move towards a more fluid completion with palms facing inwards. It will immediately feel like a more natural way to swim and there’s a lot to be said for that too”.

For detailed information and videos:   Getting Elbow Pain from Swimming?

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Need Golf Head Covers?

Do you need golf head covers?  Golfers use club head covers to protect the heads and shafts of their woods from damage that can happen during transport of their clubs. Regardless of the distance, that you might be moving your clubs, either in a cart or just pulling them out of your car, any accidental bangs can damage your clubs.   If you have graphite shafted woods, it is recommended that you have head covers with a long sock that protects the shafts, as well.

And not to mention that Tiger Woods, brought attention to his golf head tiger covers in a series of commercials.  In a sea of golf bags, golf head covers can also make your bag uniquely yours and easily identifiable.  They are just another way to put your own stamp on your favorite sports gear.

Practical Golf shares an in-depth review of 9 companies that you should know about.  Here are the 9 that are reviewed:

  1. Cru Golf
  2. Stitch Golf
  3. Seamus Golf
  4. Jan Craig Golf
  5. Lliak Golf
  6. Bespoke
  7. Dormie Workshop
  8. Patrick Gibbons
  9. Sunfish

For the detailed reviews see: Looking for Golf Head Covers? Here Are 9 Companies You Should Know About

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Looking for a Field Hockey Stick?

Field Hockey Sticks shares a detailed review of their choice for top 2018 field hockey sticks and equipment.  Here are some of the categories that they reviewed:

  1. Best field hockey stick by brand
  2. Best field hockey stick for goalies
  3. Best youth field hockey sticks
  4. Best hockey sticks by position
  5. Best field hockey shoes
  6. Best field hockey stick bag and backpack reviews
  7. Field Hockey accessories

They gathered data by compiling a list of over 200 top ranking international players and verified the most current stick each player used.  The players included in the data compilation are both male and female and come from  8 strong field hockey countries.

For details:  The Best Field Hockey Sticks of 2018

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How Do You Cool Down Your Horse After a Hard Ride in the Winter?

Horse Nation shared an episode of SmartPak’s, “Ask the Vet” video series.  SmartPak staff veterinarian and medical director Dr. Lydia Gray responds to fan questions in an easy to understand manner using research-based evidence.  Here are some of the questions she answers:

  • How do you cool down your horse after a hard ride in the winter
  • Should you remove wolf teeth and if so, when?
  • Is corn oil beneficial when added to horse feed?
  • Are joint supplements necessary and beneficial for my horse?
  • Is there more than one type of colic that my horse can get?

See the video: SmartPak Monday Morning Feed: Ask the Vet, February Edition

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STEM Activities to Weather the Winter Blues

STEAM Powered Family shires some fun STEM activities that you can do with your children to whittle away the cold indoor days.  Some of the activities suggested include:

  • Create Ice lanterns
  • Bottle up equal amounts of snow, ice and water in separate bottles and discover if they have the same amount of H2O
  • Explore how salt affects ice
  • Grow crystals
  • Make a winter lava lamp
  • Discover the Winter Solstice with Earth Sky
  • Build ice sculptures
  • Read books about winter

For detailed information:  30+ Winter STEM Activities -Cool Hands – on Learning

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When Was the Last Time You Tried to Juggle?

Juggle: verb, juggled, juggling.
1. to keep (several objects, as balls, plates, tenpins, or knives) in continuous motion in the air simultaneously by tossing and catching.

There are recordings of juggling in ancient civilizations that include Eygpt, Rome, China, and Greece. The earliest record of toss juggling an be found in a painting of an Egyptian tomb. The history of juggling is filled with colorful highs and lows. Juggling became associated with circuses when Philip Astley, “father of the modern circus”, included jugglers in his London circus in 1770.

Enjoy some great juggling acts in this century!

Definition credit: Dictionary.com

Did You See Caroline Garcia’s Amazing Shot?

Caroline is a 24 year old French tennis player who attained her best WTA singles ranking of world No. 7 on January 29, 2018, and in 2016 she was No. 2 in the doubles rankings, tied with fellow Frenchwoman  Kristina Mladenovic.  See Caroline Garcia’s amazing shot at the 2018 Qatar Open.


Spending the Time but not Getting the Desired Results?

Eduardo Briceño in his TED talk on “How to get better at the things you care about” shares insights as to why you may not be improving at the things you care about despite the time and energy spent.  Eduardo shares his perspective on how successful people and teams  purposefully alternate between the zones of learning and performance.  In the learning zone, the goal is improvement.  In this zone, you work on activities to strengthen areas and because they are less familiar territory, it is expected and accepted that you will make mistakes from which you will learn.

When in the performance zone, the goal is the execution of your best self and the minimization of mistakes.

“Performance zone maximizes our immediate performance while the learning zone maximizes our growth and future performance.”  Do you know how to spend the right amount of time in each zone to be the best that you can be?