Sweet and Sour-Youth Competitive Sports

The first time my daughter kicked my butt in running!

The first time my daughter kicked my butt in running!

The Sweet and Sourness of Youth Competition.  Sour because it's so much for a young kid to go through and Sweet because when they are good. . .WOW!   This week has been a hard week for my girls who are both in competitive sports.  One is in soccer the other is a runner and they are at the top of their game.  We had two very different outcomes this weekend and . . .OH MY GOODNESS!!! The ride home was nerve racking knowing that one did well, while the other didn't compete to her highest potential.

This week, my youngest daughter was a part of an elite group of soccer players that had to fight for a spot on a training team that only picked 48 players from 138 girls who showed up.  The stakes were high and the pressure was on.  You felt the tension amongst the parents and the players as the day came to a close and the girls had to be chosen.

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My oldest girl was looking forward to competing this past weekend and didn't do so well.  She didn't have the turn over and beat herself up mentally.  When you have to motivate young kids to stay positive when their performance wasn't "up to snuff" it can be hard but it can be done.

The first thing I both of them before an event;  work hard but have fun.   If they are not having fun, they will not compete to the best of their ability.  Then after it's all over (whether they win or lose) I asked. . .did you enjoy it? Do you feel good? Are we coming back tomorrow? If all is good, we keep pushing forward.  If not, we re-evaluate and make some changes.

If you have a child that is in a competitive sport make sure they love what they do and that there is a real passion for the sport.  The best way to find out is to simply ask.  Ask them when they least expect it.  You will know by how they answer.  Whatever the answer, support them, love them and help when they ask for help.    

My youngest girl made the cut while the other ran not so well.  Yet, for both of them, I told them I was proud for their efforts and let's go after it next time.  No need to dwell on something you can not fix.  Learn from the experience, implement what's needed for next time and stay strong mentally!

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Well, it is FIT BIT FRIDAY and I have to share a couple good workouts for youth during their off season, particularly for high school students.  The exercises are simple and can be done 2-3 times a week.  Try it and watch them get stronger!

  • Squats. Body Squats with jumps are the best for building/maintaining leg power.
  • Pushups. Strengthens the chest, shoulders and arms
  • Pull ups. Again, strengthens the shoulders and biceps.
  • Single dumbbell overhead press. Helps to support strong tricep muscles.
  • Dumbbell Rows.  Strength train the upper back and improve posture.
  • Single Leg Squats.  This will help build strong legs, in particularly the hamstrings. 
  • Around the World Lunges.  Builds power and stability.