Youth Athletics

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Dads & Daughters: 10 tips to encourage participation in sports

1. Play Together. When your daughter is young, start to play catch, shoot hoops, jump rope, or toss a Frisbee. Learn to snowboard, ride a bike together, or field goal kicks. Make fitness activities part of your father-daughter bonding. The most active girls have dads who are active with them! 2. Listen & Encourage: Focus …

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Like a Girl

The term #LikeAGirl has never been more relevant

Gender equity in sports may still be lacking, but it’s more important than ever that girls and women be seen as athletic role models, and the term ‘Like A Girl’ be seen as powerful rather than derogatory. The #LikeAGirl campaign makes viewers acutely aware of the way society views women, particularly activities that are stereotypically “girly”. Boys should never  question why girls play, …

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Jaden Newman on GMA

9-Year-Old Girl Youngest Ever Recruited by a College Hoops Program

Jaden Newman is pretty awesome. The nine-year-old a point guard at Downey Christian School in Orlando, FL, became the youngest person ever recruited by a college program when the University of Miami sent her father Jamie a letter officially expressing their interest. The Hurricane’s assistant coach Derrick Gibbs, who helps coordinate recruiting efforts for the …

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Questions to ask when choosing a sports camp

When choosing a sports camp, there are many, many questions to ask. The size of the program, number of session days, distance from home, and philosophy should all influence your decision. The cost, length, and type of a particular program are not necessarily connected with “results.” Research all potential programs and if possible, meet with …

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Jackie Joyner Kersee Run Jump Throw

Olympian Jackie Joyner Kersee on Running Jumping & Throwing

Jackie Joyner-Kersee is a six-time Olympic medalist, a four-time world champion and one of the greatest track and field athletes of all time. Pretty Tough contributor Cara Hawkins recently caught up with Joyner-Kersee to look back on her career and to discuss her  involvement with a new national youth activity initiative.  “Run Jump Throw” is an educational …

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March Madness

Bball Lovers: March Madness Special

Who doesn’t love March?  Spring time.  St. Patrick’s Day, American Red Cross month, Women’s History month and of course,  March Madness. March Madness starts when 64 NCAA Men’s and Women’s basketball teams are selected to go to the “Big Dance”—the NCAA Division I Basketball Championship tournament —and ends with the Final Four battling it out …

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Meet Future MMA Star Mad Mad Madison

Thirteen-year-old fighter Madison Peavler is one to watch.  This Pretty Tough girl knows what she wants and is dedicated to achieving her dreams.  With a record that exceeds fighters twice her age, Madison (aka Mad Mad Madison)  is a second degree adult black belt in karate and a blue belt in BJJ. She teaches her own …

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To Play Up or Not to Play Up – That is the Question for Young Athletes

There may be a point in your sports development when you are given the choice of playing with the older team, also known as “playing up.” Whether asked because of your size, potential, or talent, your first reflex would usually be to accept the offer. NOT SO FAST! Without taking away the pride and honor …

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The Challenge of Competing Against Your Friends

Published by the Game On! Sports Girls Talk Blog (www.gameonsportscamp.com/blog) One of the advantages of participating in sports is playing on and bonding with teams throughout the years. Taking this benefit even a step further, you tend to play against the same local or regional teams from year to year. So you start recognizing the …

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