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How Do You Teach a Child to Throw?

Throwing is fundamental to a multitude of sports and activities. If kids can throw reasonably well, they can participate in everything from frisbee and football to teeball and tennis. As this funny KidSport video shows, knowing how to throw could even save someone’s life!   Like most skills, throwing is not something kids are simply “born good at.” They have to learn, and play that provides plenty of repetitions is the best teacher. At the outset, a little instruction in basic technique helps, too. But in our experience with young kids, it takes many reminders over a long period of time before it comes naturally. Using "step & throw" words as reminders as noted below is a great way to remind them when you see them throwing incorrectly.  In order...

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Watching the Paralympics With Kids Creates An Inclusive Society

The Paralympics in Tokyo are currently underway and we are so excited to watch them with kids! It's a time when we can all cheer on the athletes together, as they show us what is possible. But it's also a great opportunity for kids to learn about different abilities. What are some of the challenges that people with disabilities face? How do people overcome these obstacles? Watching the Paralympics not only creates an inclusive society but helps promote acceptance in schools and communities.  Different cultures understand and accept individuals with disabilities (varying abilities due to the nature of physical or intellectual impairment), in distinct ways, often subject to countries and regions of the world. Watching the Paralympics can help shape these conversations with kids. ...

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Healthy and Fun Snacks for Kids’ Sports Games

It's the season for kids' sports games. They can be a lot of fun, but they also mean you might have to pack some snacks! Whether it's soccer, basketball, or baseball, these healthy and fun snacks will help keep your kids fueled up for all their games. Lately it seems when it comes to team snacks, parents typically bring something in individual packages. (Gone are the days of orange slices!).  Here are some team snack ideas for you depending on the time of the practice/game. It's always a wise idea to ask the team if any child has any allergies or food restrictions and to plan accordingly.  After-School Games (That cut right into dinner time) Many of us roll our...

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How Much Exercise Do Young Kids Need?

When most parents think about exercise, it's easy to imagine being in the gym, running, lifting weights, or even joining group classes.  But for kids, exercise means playing. Kids get exercise through physical activity during playtime or recess outside, dance class, sports classes, riding bikes or playing tag.  There are so benefits of exercise and physical activity for kids:  stronger muscles and bones leaner bodies less risk of becoming overweight a lower chance of getting type 2 diabetes lower blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels a better outlook on life Besides enjoying the health benefits of regular exercise, fit kids sleep better. They're also better able to handle physical and emotional challenges — from running to catch a bus to...

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Finding The Right Fit - Questions To Ask When Choosing A Local Soccer Program

We asked our community what questions they have about starting their kids in soccer programs and there's a lot that came up! Specifically:   What's the overall Cost? What should I look for in a program? Is my kid ready? How do I find the right program?  ... and so much more.  Considering these conversations, we put together a list of questions and topics you should be considering when looking at programs local to you to help you find the right fit.  Geography We can all agree that sitting in a car isn't fun for kids or parents! Before choosing a program, consider where they practice and where they have matches. Playing soccer for young kids is mostly about promoting a healthy lifestyle....

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Healthy Work-Life Boundaries are Essential for Remote Working Parents of Small Children

Remote work has become the new normal for millions in the U.S. and beyond. For those still commuting to the workplace, remote workers may seem to be having the best of both worlds: income and career mobility combined with flexibility and family time. But many remote workers, especially those with small children, are not quite experiencing paradise. Remote work comes with its own set of challenges both to productivity and overall well-being, even if there isn’t a baby or a toddler in the picture. Considering how many remote workers are experiencing burnout, the stress on those who are also tending small children is even greater. The following article from Pickup Sports aims to help stressed-out parents find a healthy balance...

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Faster, Higher, Stronger – Together | Let’s Get Our Kids Excited for The Tokyo Summer Olympics 2021

Are you getting excited for the Summer Olympics 2021 in Tokyo? We at Pick Up Sports sure are, and for more reasons than just one. Between the nations getting to showcase their incredible legendary skills across the board, the wonderful rise of national pride, to that intensely euphoric moment of your team winning the gold, the Olympics sure does have a way of inspiring and bringing people together for one heck of an entertaining adventure. But do you want to know what else makes the Olympics such a special event? Your kids can get in on the exciting action too! That's right, hyping up your little ones for the Olympic games is a sure-fire way to not only bring the entire...

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20 Tips for Parenting With An Active Lifestyle

With half of this year over already, it's time to evaluate how far we've come on some of our goals this year. Cultivating healthy new habits can be quite the challenge, especially considering all the twists happening the last couple years.  Many people have a tough time including exercise into a daily habit. You may start off strong, but after a little while, you go back to your previous rut. If exercise wasn’t part of your daily routine as a kid, it’s more than likely it’s not part of your routine as an adult. So how do you stop the cycle and cultivate a love of sports and exercise in your own kids? We’ve put together a list of 20 tips to help...

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The Benefits of Playing Youth Soccer

Soccer is a game that is both played and watched by millions of people all around the world. Playing soccer, especially youth soccer, provides numerous benefits, and that is why you should always encourage your kids to play it. Children who play youth soccer are more productive, and they tend to be familiar with numerous soccer communities spread around the globe. Today, we are going to talk about the benefits of playing youth soccer. Youth Soccer: Benefits of playing it Playing youth soccer has many benefits. Some of the most popular ones are listed below. Aids in developing cognitive ability Soccer is a game that requires quick thinking. While playing soccer, kids have to make quick decisions to make a...

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