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My weeks are sandwiched between weekends filled with the kids’ swim meets, gymnastics meets and team events. The 8 weeks from January 1 – February 28 are undoubtedly the 8 craziest weeks in our schedule. But, its a good crazy – a crazy I wouldn’t trade for anything. So what does a busy, always on the go sports mom read? Below are some of my favorite articles from this week:
- Youth Basketball – Do you have to be a star to be great? (StatsDad) I think this article plays to all sports, not just basketball… definitely a good read.
- It’s always a proud parent moment when the coach asks your athlete to train up with the next level or age group – but is it always a good idea? Moving Athletes Up: Good or Bad Idea? (JBM Thinks)
- On the ice skating front, twelve year old Jin Baseman’s story is one that gives me goosebumps! Abandoned in a box on the side of a road in China as a baby, Jin was adopted by and American family, started skating at age 5 and immediately loved it. Jin has had lots of injuries and set backs, but her love for ice skating and aptitude for it indicate that she has a very bright future.
- Determining what and how much your athlete should eat after practice or a game can be a little tricky as there is no simple one-size-fits-all answer. This article by Nancy Clark for Our Game magazine helps take some of the mystery out of it! Remember, if you are an athlete you need carbs.
- While we are on the topic of nutrition – Chicks Play Sports has a good post about teaching your kids how to read nutrition labels.
- Any guesses as to who will be the stand out star of the 2012 Olympic games this summer? It looks like there is not a general front runner at this point, however, gymnast Jordyn Wieber and swimmer Missy Franklin are definitely on the top of the list.
Have a great weekend everyone! One swim meet, one gymnastics meet, and one high school swim team bowling event define my weekend and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
The DegreeGirl “Don’t Fret The Sweat” campaign recently awarded $20,000 to five winning cheerleading teams of the Degree Girl Varsity Awards on their Facebook page. These cool and confident teams told DFTS how they were able to come together to overcome sweat-inducing moments and then rallied their communities to vote for them on Facebook. In celebration of the winning teams SportsGirlsPlay.com is hosting a giveaway a Degree Girl gift set for you, too!
The giveaway package includes:
- iHome – inspiring teams to get active before, during or after practice, with quick and easy music access
- Degree Girl Just Dance deodorant
- Degree Girl gym bag to hold gear
- Degree Girl water bottle to stay cool during workouts
The Degree Girl team sent us one of the giveaway sets to keep so we could give you our take on each item in the set. The iHome player is a fun docking station and speaker for your iPod that changes colors as the music plays. It charges your iPod while it plays music – perfect for practices, relaxing in your room or hanging out with friends. My 13-year old daughter immediately took the iHome to her room and it has become a part of her decor.
In addition, the gift set comes with a black gym bag for carrying all your gear to and from practice. The bag is very roomy and has plenty of pockets, too. The Degree Girl is my teen’s new favorite deodorant – according to her, it smells good and after using it for the past few weeks of gymnastics practices she has asked for a second one to keep in her locker.
So, how do you win this gift set for yourself?
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Disclosure: Degree Girl sent us a gift pack for purpose of review but the opinions of the products are our own!
As summer starts to wind down, there is a lot going on in the sports world – especially in this pre-Olympic year! Here are some of this week’s top girls sports news articles and resources.
Looking Ahead to London
- Missy Franklin is definitely cementing her spot as one to watch in London on the swimming front. After a successful FINA World Championships meet, Missy claimed two more US titles this week at Nationals!
- Natalie Coughlin talks about her FINA Worlds performance leading up to next year’s Olympics and how at this point every little bit counts
- The 2011 Visa National Championships kick off August 17 and USA Gymnastics has released the event program online. Check it out and get the competitor information and meet details before you go. Will Jordyn Wieber be the next US Champion? Who knows, but the mix of experience from Shawn Johnson and Alicia Sacramone combined with the energy of up and comers make this meet one to watch!
- Do you have an athlete who is starting to think college sports? Check out this list of the Top 10 College Sports Programs – from the female athlete perspective at Pretty Tough
- For girls in Saudi Arabia, the tides are slowly beginning to change and advances are being made in the acceptance of girls participating in sports. Case in point – Women’s Football (aka Soccer) Making Headway in Saudi Arabia
- Teach Winning Through Losing – every game offers up opportunities to learn, and you learn more when you lose – if you approach it the right way
- Did your child’s team make the play-offs? Then you must read this – A Parent’s Code of Conduct for Post-Season Play. Go. Now. Read.
Have a great weekend!