Once you are knee deep in kids sports, the next concern isn't the uniform they are wearing but what they are eating. You have to keep your kids fueled and ready before, during and after each game. This goes for any sport your kids are involved in. Not only should young athletes stay fueled but you have to remember they are still growing as well, so you have to understand it's more than just keeping a water bottle in their sports bag.
In this day and age, kids are competing at a much higher level. We have seen how serious sports have become for kids since Tiger Woods won his first major in 1997. Pressure to win and be the best starts as early as 9 and 10 years old! If you are at this level of training, you have know how to fuel your kids.
EARLY Saturday games = Bed time the night before is a bit earlier so they can rise and shine to fuel their bodies well before the game.
Early to Mid-afternoon games= Healthy breakfast and lunch are important
Late-afternoon games= Light afternoon snack (peanut butter and crackers, low sugar protein bars or fruit with crackers/bread)
Evening sports= all of the healthy meals listed above plus an early light supper would be perfect
Next, getting fast food burgers, donuts or any oily foods before a game are not good for a growing athlete and you know this! These types of foods will weigh a kid down and if they contain high levels of sugar or salt, your kids can become dehydrated or experience an upset stomach.
Last, keep your kids hydrated. Dehydration is uncomfortable, slows down performance and at times can be dangerous. Here are suggestions I wish I had when I was a young athlete.
You want your kids to be successful in sports, so start early and teach them how to take care of themselves by teaching them good eating habits on and off the court or field or "whatever they play on"! Happy Competition, Lil' Ones!