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Playing Through an Injury - Is It Worth It?

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Even with every possible safety measure in place kids are going to get hurt when playing youth sports. They'll skin their knees and elbows, they'll jam fingers, stub toes, and crash into each other. Part of playing sports means accepting some minimal level of risk. Yes, more serious accidents can and will happen, especially as the level of competition increases, so hopefully the coach is certified in CPR and first aid so they know what to do in the case of an emergency (every second counts when someone is seriously ill or injured), but most minor scrapes and bruises aren't serious enough to keep a kid off the field for more than a few minutes.

How to Keep Young Players Occupied at Practice

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If you volunteered to coach a young team this season, think U-8 or even younger, you have to know that coaching very young players is nothing like coaching an older team. First off, young players aren't usually super invested in the sport yet. They are there because their parents signed them up or they wanted to hang out with the friends. They are probably more interested in running the bases than perfecting their batting stance And if you add the fact that young players typically can't focus for very long regardless of what they are doing, you realize that running a successful practice can be a lot like herding cats!


What Are Your Sports League's Sexual Abuse Policies?

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As much as we want to trust our friends and neighbors, our teachers and coaches, our community leaders and volunteers, the simple fact is that we can't risk our children's safety, no matter how much we may think "well that wouldn't happen here." Every year more than 3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States (and who can say for sure how many unreported cases there are), meaning it can and is happening in our communities. And what's even more disturbing is that more than 90% of juvenile sexual abuse victims know their perpetrator in some way. These aren't wandering predators swooping into our community without warning. The perpetrators are our friends, neighbors, coaches. People we know and trust and see every day.

SportsSignup Expands its Services for Thousands of North American Customers


SportsSignup today announces the availability of our next generation “all-in-one” Online Sports Management Solution, which provides sports organizations throughout the United States and Canada the ability to manage their administrative and communications tasks on one, easy-to-use, integrated platform.

3 Tips to Manage Sibling Rivalry in Youth Sports

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While professional sports isn't overflowing with sibling rivalries, the Manning brothers and Williams' sisters are great examples for all youth athletes and their siblings to follow. Even if they are competing against each other Peyton and Eli, and Venus and Serena are still each other's biggest fans. They play their hardest, respect each other as competitors, but remember they are family first when they step off the field.


What If You Can't Pay to Play?

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In the United States, parents spend $671 on average per year to cover the costs of uniforms, registration fees, and private lessons and coaching. At least 1 in 5 ends up spending over $1,000 per child, every year. Last fall we came across this interesting news story that reported;


Can The Mercy Rule Actually Make Things Worse?

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If you watched the World Cup this year you probably were  watching when Germany demolished Brazil in the Quarter Finals, winning 7-1. Soccer, much like hockey, is traditionally a very low scoring game. Most games are decided by 1 or 2 goals at the most. To watch Brazil, a team that was favored to win in its home country, be completely and utterly destroyed was cringe-worthy. No one likes to lose, and while losing a close game can be devastating, getting totally blown out of the water can be downright embarrassing. Part of playing youth sports means learning how to lose and lose with dignity, but when one team is running away with the score it's hard to hold your head up high and keep trying your best.


Why Mental Strength Matters for Youth Athletes

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In order to be successful in the long run, youth athletes need to be both physically AND mentally strong. Obviously being a top athlete means being in top physical condition (which varies based on the sport), but being strong mentally is essential to a long and prosperous athletic career.

Survey Finds Youth Sports Parents Overwhelmingly Support Strict Controls on Sharing of Data


SportsSignup is proud to announce the results of a survey we sent to over 300,000 parents, coaches and sports administrators regarding the use of personal information used during registration.

The Most Dangerous Sports

Injury Soccer

Even with the best intentions and safety measures in place, accidents can and do happen in youth sports. Kids are going to skin their knees, jam their fingers, sprain their ankles, and so forth. Approximately 8,000 children are treated in emergency rooms each day for sports-related injuries.  Fortunately, most of these injuries are relatively minor and with a few days rest your child is right back in the game. We can't wrap our kids in plastic bubbles every time they walk onto the field, but at the same time it's important to be aware of what could happen so that in the event of an emergency we know how to react.

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