Join the hundreds of thousands of others and get monthly news and tips direct to your inbox!

Follow us

Download Your Guide to Online Registration

describe the image

Would you like to contribute to our blog?

If you’re interested, please take a quick peek at our guidelines:

  • Include some juicy stuff about yourself. 
  • Your content must be relevant to our readers. 
  • Credit, of course, is given to you the contributor.
  • It's not our practice to pay for content submissions.
  • So, if all of the above works for you, please contact us for consideration!
sportsparents@sportssignup.com 

Thank you!

Current Articles | RSS Feed RSS Feed

Managing a Multi-Athlete Home

  
  
  
Managing a Multi-Athlete Home

Being a sports parent is great, but it's also a major time (and sometimes financial) commitment. Being a sports parents 2 or 3 times over can be incredibly rewarding, but managing a multi-athlete home means managing more issues/conflicts.

Tags: 

4 Tips to Avoid Junk Food When Traveling for Sports

  
  
  
4 Tips to Avoid Junk Food When Traveling for Sports

Traveling for an away tournament can be a huge team bonding experience and tons of fun for any youth sports team. But as much fun as it can be for the players we as parents and coaches know that planning, organizing, and coordinating an away tournament means keeping track of a thousand and one details, including ensuring that your team is getting the right nutrition to play their best.

Injury Rates Among Youth Athletes

  
  
  
Injury Rates Among Youth Athletes

Approximately 8,000 children are treated in emergency rooms each day for sports-related injuries. According to USAToday.com, sprains and strains, fractures, contusions, abrasions and concussions top the list of sports-related ER diagnoses for kids ages 6 to 19. Interestingly, most of these sports-related injuries (62% in fact) happen during practices, not games. Some argue that we as a culture are simply better are reporting sports-injuries, as opposed to just telling kids to "play through it" and that's why injury rates seem to have gone up. Others argue that early specialization and increased competitiveness are pushing players too hard to fast, meaning more injuries among younger players.

Preventing Child Abuse in Youth Sports

  
  
  
Preventing Child Abuse in Youth Sports

April was first declared Child Abuse Prevention Month by presidential proclamation in 1983. According to Department of Justice statistics, a child in America is sexually assaulted every two minutes. Unfortunately the majority of incidents are not reported because children are afraid to tell anyone what has happened--perhaps they feel no one will believe them, or perhaps their abuser has convinced them something even worse will happen if they tell. Some kids may even feel the abuse is their "fault," and they brought it upon themselves. Child abuse can happen everywhere, not just in the home. As the National Council on Youth Sports stated;

When Does a Coach Become a Bully?

  
  
  
When Does a Coach Become a Bully?

Some coaches, like Bobby Knight, have made quite a name for themselves because of their overly aggressive coaching style (to put it mildly). Everyone has their own kind of "style" when it comes to coaching youth sports, and some coaches prefer the drill-sergeant approach.  Shows like "Friday Night Tykes" are showcasing the most extreme version of this kind of coaching, and that has many parents and sports administrators left wondering---at what point does a "gruff" or "aggressive" coach turn into a bully? Can a coach yell and swear and scream from the sidelines and still have a team that respects them? It's hard to point out exactly where the line in the sand is because each coach and each player is going to respond differently.

Tags: 

3 Nutrition Tips for Youth Athletes

  
  
  
3 Nutrition Tips for Youth Athletes

In order to perform at their best, youth athletes need to have the right food fueling their bodies. You are what you eat and what your child eats before they go to practice or a game has a dramatic impact on how much energy they will have on the field. We know that plenty of sports parents are rushing from one activity to the next, and you may not always be able to have a proper sit down dinner, but eating the right things at the right time is so important for youth athletes!

SportsSignup Interviews Craig Sigl, The Mental Toughness Trainer

  
  
  
Craig has personally worked with thousands of professional and amateur athletes on the mental side of their game.

He is an author and creator of 7 mental toughness programs sold in 28 countries and writes to over 16,000 athletes in his emails and on his blogs.

Is The Pressure to Perform Too Much for Youth Athletes?

  
  
  
Is The Pressure to Perform Too Much for Youth Athletes?

We've talked a lot about how 75% of kids quit playing youth sports by the time they are 13 and what we as parents and coaches can do to reverse that trend and keep kids involved in sports longer. Dave Holt made a fantastic point on our post about not forcing kids to play a particular sport (or any sport for that matter);

What Happens to Your Registrants' Data?

  
  
  

The majority of the sports organizations that SportsSignup works with share our view and our data policy, which is as follows: All member data collected during registration is confidential and should never be provided to an outside entity, even if in exchange for money or services, and never without the explicit consent of each member.

Don't Take Concussions Lightly

  
  
  
Don't Take Concussions Lightly

The Institute of Medicine reported that “The number of athletes aged 19 and younger who were treated for concussions and other sports and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries rose from 150,000 in 2001 to a quarter million in 2009…”, a 66% spike. Some contend this increase is partially due to better diagnostic and reporting procedures, and not that kids are actually getting hurt more today than they have in past years. But whether athletes are more likely to be concussed in today's youth sports arena or not, concussions are serious injuries that we can't afford to take lightly.

All Posts

moreAbout SportsSignup

Easy and affordable online solutions for player registration, tournament or team registration, coach/volunteer background checks, integrated store and fundraising. Easy for you. Easy for all.

Contact Us - 1-866-975-8600

Sales

Email sales@sportssignup.com

Support:

Email support@sportssignup.com

moreSports