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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.

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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

  
  
  
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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.

Even if Your Child Loves to Play, Should They Play All Year-Round?

  
  
  
Multisport Hands In

Earlier this year ESPN ran a story showing that most kids playing sports do love playing...but is loving the game enough to justify the year-round play (and possible consequences) that comes with high-pressure travel teams?

Why The Physical Presence of Parents Matters in Youth Sports

  
  
  
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Parents can make or break a youth sports season. Not only are they the ones registering their children for Little League or Pop Warner football, they are the ones driving their kids to practice, volunteering to coach the teams, organizing team dinners, chaperoning away tournaments, playing catch at home, and more. The attitudes and actions of sports parents really can make a child love or hate playing sports. But even if you aren't the biggest sports fan yourself, the physical presence of parents during practice and games make a huge difference.

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3 Tips for Preventing Heat Illness Among Athletes

  
  
  
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Summer is in full swing, and with temperatures easily climbing into the 80s and 90s youth athletes are certainly feeling the heat! A study by Andrew J. Grundstein, an associate professor in the department of geography at the University of Georgia, found that 123 high school football players died of heat-related illnesses between 1960 and 2009. While every death is heart-breaking, what's even more frustrating that all of those deaths were totally preventable. Heat illnesses including cramps, exhaustion, and even heat stroke are completely preventable and treatable given parents and coaches keep an eye on their players for the signs and symptoms and immediately give them time to cool down if it looks like an athlete is in rough shape.

3 Tips for Managing a Multi-Athlete Family

  
  
  
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If this is the first time you've got more than one child playing sports each season welcome to the family! There are dozens of practices and games to make, team dinners to plan, fundraisers to organize, away tournaments to get to, and more. Managing a multi-athlete family may require a little more planning than you suspect, so here are three tips to make it through the season.

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Three Ways for Parents to Avoid Politics in Youth Sports

  
  
  
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For better or worse youth sports, especially as the competition level grows, can be full of drama. Parents team up against coaches, coaches penalize players for the action of their parents, league administrators pick teams made of their friends, parents get into it with each other, and more. Too much drama can suck the fun right out of a season, and keeping your hands out of the fray might be the best way to ensure your child doesn't get caught in the cross-fire of youth sports drama.

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Will the Future of Youth Sports Depend on Fundraising?

  
  
  
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There have always been costs associated with youth sports. Whether its sport-specific equipment or just a new pair of running shoes it’s not uncommon for parents to pay something in order to have their children enrolled sporting activities. Parents and coaches have been bearing this cost for many decades and although it was tough for some parents to find the money that was needed, it was still largely manageable.

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