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How to Choose a Tennis Racket for Kids

When it comes to shopping for sports equipment for kids, choosing the right size can make a world of a difference. In Tennis, an inadequate racket could have bad consequences, could slow down progress or even lead to injuries. Most importantly, there's the "hidden" consequence of kids losing their confidence because they feel they are just not good at the sport, when in reality, they were using the wrong size equipment for their body size.  So what should you look for in a racket?  The Size Size of the racket is the most important factor for kids. A racket for an adult would make it extremely difficult for a young child to have any success. One that's too small would make...

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Fun Softball Activities for Young Kids

June 13th is World Softball Day (Did you know that was a thing?) It's the day the Olympic Committee decided in 1991 that Women's fastpitch softball would be added to the summer Olympics. Every year the day is celebrated to bring attention to Softball and inspire girls and boys to become empowered through the sport.  The best way to observe this day is to round up some friends for a fun game of softball.  You could also watch a movie with softball, like "A League of Their Own" or "All-Stars"  Teaching Kids How To Play When teaching young kids (age 3-6) how to play, you may run into some challenges as basic skills like throwing and catching are not yet...

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11 Ways To Keep Your Toddler Safe In The Pool This Summer

We all know kids love stepping into their swim clothes and crashing into the refreshing waters of a swimming pool on a hot day. Parents love an afternoon filled with ice cold lemonade, easy entertainment and fun in the sun. But turning your head for even a minute can result in what was a fun-filled summer day turning into a life-long nightmare. But with a few easy precautions, safety and fun can go hand in hand. Lois Lee, M.C., M.P.H. emergency-medicine specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital, reports that young children can drown silently in as little as 25 seconds, even in a baby pool or the shallow-end. In general, an average of 5,000 children are hospitalized due to unintentional drowning...

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6 Practical Tips For Motivating Kids To Exercise

We’re learning a lot through building our community. One of the questions we ask parents is “when it comes to your kids fitness and sports, what do you struggle with most?”  The number one struggle we hear is around “motivation.”  Parents struggle with motivating their child to get off the couch, off the video games and youtube, and outside to play. With the pandemic, the struggle has increased as for many communities there are fewer opportunities for kids to socialize and play. So what can we do to motivate our young kids? Here are some practical tips.  1. Play with your kids and make it fun! Being a role model is the best way we can motivate our kids. There’s no...

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What to expect in Pickup Sports Virtual Sports Classes for Kids

When Arya, age 7, first joined our virtual Tennis classes she was actually there because her dad signed up her younger brother, aged 4. In the very first class, Arya was having more fun than her brother and was quickly taking over class. She's been consistently attending now for almost a year and shows up with her purple headband and wristbands, ready to play! The idea of kids attending virtual classes has become popular over the last year for obvious reasons. When we set out to complement our boxes with virtual sports classes, it was before the pandemic and the concept of kids learning sports virtually was foreign.  Over the last year of growth in attendance and requests for classes, what...

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Shoutout To Parents of Picky Eaters!

Protein-Packed Foods Ideas That Even the Pickiest of Eaters Will Love   If there is one thing for sure, toddlers and kids are some of the pickiest eaters on the planet. In fact, NPR states that about 20% of kids are picky eaters, making it a relatively common challenge for parents to ensure their little ones get the proper nutrition and protein they need to grow. As a parent to a picky eater myself, I fully understand how anxiety-provoking this entire reality can be, especially if you feel like your child is not getting the adequate recommended daily protein they need to thrive.  Now, as scary and alarming as this is, I want to illuminate the fact that there are...

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Super Bowl 55: Activities for Young Kids

Tampa Bay Buccaneers or Kansas City Chiefs? It probably goes without saying that the biggest sporting event in America every winter is the Super Bowl. It's one of the few days that bands of a sport as well as those who were just there for the party get together, hang out, and watch football. Or maybe just the commercials! If you have young kids around, you may be excited about the game, but they probably have little ideas what is actually going on. With limited parties this year, we thought it would be a great time to give you some ideas to keep the festivities going.  We've come up with a few things that you can do on game day to make sure everyone has a...

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5 Amazing Party Ideas to Make Your Toddler’s Birthday Special During COVID-19

Googling either quarantine birthday ideas for kids or trying to scope out ways to celebrate toddler birthdays during COVID is something that no parent was prepared for. After nearly a year-long haul of living during this global pandemic and potentially being forced to cancel your toddler’s birthday the prior year, I completely understand not wanting to let another milestone in your child’s life pass by without celebrating to the fullest extent. Luckily, we now know more about the virus today, and there are fundamental steps being taken to hopefully make this pandemic a distant memory soon. But nonetheless, with this new knowledge, in conjunction with advanced technology, you can give your toddler the best birthday this year, regardless of what...

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10 Best Sports Books For Kids

Books are such a tremendous way to get our little people interested in pretty much anything! From books about sports for toddlers to books to inspire your child to achieve more, we've compiled our latest list of top sports books for young boys and girls.  1. Babe Ruth Saves Baseball by Frank Murphy Best baseball book for kids  Batter up! It’s 1919 and baseball is in trouble! All across the country, people are throwing down their bats, and giving up America’s national pastime. It’s up to Babe Ruth to win back fans and save baseball! Can he do it, or will he strike out? 2. Family Huddle by Jim Madsen Best football book for kids  Pile into the car with Eli, Peyton and...

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