Spring is well underway and youth athletes across the country are getting ready for their spring sports season. If you’ve been lucky enough to have a mild spring (or you just have a really excited coach), you might have even had your first practice by now! Most sports parents know that there is no rest for the weary when it comes to youth sports, so take the time now while things are still slow to get your house ready so you can have a great spring season. Here are three ways to do just that:
1. Pull out the family calendar and get practices and games scheduled.
A big nightmare for most sports parents is forgetting about a practice or game and then having to scramble to get there on time. Hopefully your team’s coach gave everyone a season long game and practice schedule, so pull out the family calendar tonight and make sure you don’t have any conflicts. Will you have to make it to a play or recital AND practice on the same night? Which parent is going to be the designated driver for which game? Balancing an athlete’s schedule is no easy task, especially if you have more than one athlete in your house. Try to get everything organized now and you shouldn’t run into too many issues later in the spring season.
2. Pack a few extra water bottles and snacks in the car.
No matter how hard you try, sometimes your schedule is too tight for a sit down meal. Throw an extra few snacks (non-perishable items like granola bars) in the back of your car so your athlete will have something to keep them going when you’re in a rush. It’s also a good idea to keep a few extra water bottles close at hand in case your athlete forgets theirs in the mad dash to practice. Dehydration is a serious issue for youth athletes, so having those extra water bottles around is a good idea to help keep your child hydrated!
3. Create a gear bin.
Depending on the spring sport your child is involved in, they might have a lot of gear they need to keep track of. It’s hard to play soccer with only one cleat or baseball if you forget your mitt! To help keep track of all the sports gear (and keep it from exploding all over your house!) establish a gear bin for your youth athlete where all their equipment will be stored. This is especially helpful if you have multiple athletes playing the same sport and will keep their gear from ending up with the wrong player; your 10 year-olds gear is not going to fit well on his 6 year old brother!
SportsSignup wishes everyone a great spring season! Best of luck to all our youth atheletes and youth sports organizations.