Gatorade - Winter Sports Tryout Tips + Fuel Pack Giveaway (Includes A $50 Dick's Gift Card)

Evan isn't playing any sports yet, but I'm sure he will be starting next year. My brother just graduated high school and played baseball his whole life so I have spent many days handing out Gatorade to the different players.


With fall sports coming to an end, athletes are trying out for winter sports. As a mom, you want to do what you can to keep your child happy and healthy. To help you get ready for that, youth sports parenting expert and MomsTeam.com founder and editor-in-chief, Brooke de Lench has some great tips:

Helping Your Child Have a Successful Winter Sports Tryout
Tips for Parents

The competition for roster spots on winter sports teams seems to be more intense than ever.  Tryouts pose a particular challenge to young athletes still playing fall sports.  Here are some tips for parents on how they can help their child perform at their best during tryouts:

1.     Make sure the child's pre-participation physical evaluation (PPE) is up-to-date.  Not only are PPEs important in identifying physical conditions effecting sports participation, such as asthma or a history of concussions, a signed, up-to-date PPE form is required by virtually all schools before an athlete is allowed to play sports.  Because different schools use different PPE forms, make sure your child's doctor signs the correct form and that you make three copies: one for your records, one for your child to hand-deliver to the school nurse, and a third to hand-deliver to the coach/athletic director.  Many an athlete has missed the first critical days of tryouts because the PPE form was lost or is outdated.  Have all dental work and check-ups completed weeks in advance.

2.     Ensure your athlete gets enough sleep.  Studies show teenagers need nine hours of sleep but only get about seven.  A tired athlete, especially one still playing fall sports, isn't going to be able to perform at their best during tryouts.  You can help by setting a consistent "lights-out" time for turning off the computer, cell phone, MP3, and TV, so your athlete gets the rest needed for peak performance. Have phones and other handheld devices docked away from the bedroom to reduce the opportunity for late night texting and gaming.

3.     Check to see if the shoe fits.  Poorly-fitting or worn-out shoes can trip up an athlete on the way to making the team.  Make sure your young athlete is trying out in properly-fitting shoes (or, in the case of hockey, skates), that they have been broken in before tryouts start and that they are providing the proper support.  Many an athlete has been sidelined by blisters from practicing hard in brand-new shoes.  It is also important, both for peak performance and to prevent overuse injuries, that the shoes be periodically replaced.  For athletes playing tennis, basketball or volleyball, shoes should be replaced every month for those playing 5 to 6 times a week and every 3 to 4 months for those playing 2-3 times a week.  

4.     Be pro-active about hydration.  Even mild dehydration can keep an athlete from performing at his best during tryouts.  Staying hydrated during the school day is particularly challenging because athletes often can't or don't remember to hydrate properly or regularly.  Indeed, studies show that many athletes are dehydrated before they even start their sport, making it difficult to catch up.    Three things to remember about hydration:  First, athletes need to be hydrated for sports, no matter the season or the weather.  Even athletes exercising outside in cold weather get dehydrated.  Second, water does not hydrate as effectively as a sport drink like Gatorade that is scientifically formulated with fluid, electrolytes and carbohydrates to rapidly replace what athletes lose in sweat and provide energy to keep them at the top of their game.  And, third, remember that thirst is not a good indicator of hydration, so encourage athletes to drink on a schedule.

5.     Fuel Sports Nutrition gaps.  The importance of proper nutrition and hydration in athletic performance is often overlooked, but cannot be stressed enough.  Athletes need to be properly fueled before, during and after tryouts, especially multi-day tryouts, to get the most out of their bodies and perform at their best.  Athletes typically have little time in the school day to eat before tryouts, so they start on an empty stomach or choose ineffective sources of fuel based on what's readily available. And there is often a time gap between the end of a practice or game and sitting down to dinner when, studies show, tired muscles need protein to recover to get ready for the next day.  Make sure your athlete has the right fuel by packing scientifically developed sports nutrition products like Gatorade's G Series to provide the fuel, fluids and nutrients athletes before and during sports, and the fluid and protein they need to recover after a grueling day of tryouts.

6.     Proper safety and sports equipment is key.  Not having the right equipment (wrestling helmet, swim goggles etc.) could knock an athlete out of a tryout before it even starts.  As competition for roster spots becomes more and more intense, the risk of injury from a flying elbow to the mouth or a finger poke to the eye increases.  Making sure your young athlete has a mouth guard and is wearing protective goggles will help keep him or her in the game.

About the Author:
Brooke de Lench is a youth sports parenting expert and the author of the book
Home Team Advantage: The Critical Role of Mothers in Youth Sports (Harper Collins) and the founder and Editor-in-Chief of MomsTeam.com: The Parents Trusted Youth Sports Source. She is the mother of triplet sons and lives in the Boston area


Win It!
Gatorade is giving one of my readers a "Fuel Pack" which includes a $50 gift card to Dick's Sporting Goods and 6-pack of Gatorade 02 Perform from the G Series.

To enter, tell me who the athlete is in your family. This is required and must be done before the extra entries count!

EXTRA ENTRIES!
You can do any of these things for an extra entry. Make sure to leave a separate comment for EACH thing you do.

1-For TWO extra entries, subscribe to my blog via email.

2- Follow my blog via google friend.

3- For THREE extra entries, blog about this giveaway and link it back to this post.

4- Follow twoofakind on twitter and tweet about this giveaway. You can Tweet once a day for an extra entry every day! You can copy and paste: WIN a @Gatorade "Fuel Pack" - includes a $50 @dickssportgood Gift Card during #HolidayHappiness @twoofakind http://tinyurl.com/2cvgfda

5- Place my Holiday Happiness Button on your blog.

6- Enter any of my current giveaways(one extra entry for each that you enter).

7- For THREE extra entries, update your facebook status telling your friends you entered this giveaway WITH a link to this post.

8- Place my regular, pink Two of A Kind button on your blog.

9- Leave a relevant comment on any NON-giveaway post(it can be a review post, just no giveaways).

Contest ends at 11:59pm EST on December 3rd when I will draw a winner at random. PLEASE leave your email address if it is not visible on your profile. I will notify the winner and they will have 36 hours to respond!

Open to US Only!

Honest opinions were used. The opinions are solely my own and may very from others. I will be receiving the same "Fuel Pack" for writing this post. Thank you to the company/pr agency who supplied the products for the giveaway.

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Although I may not look like it, I am more of the athlete in the family. I use to be on the swim team, track and tae kwon doe. I still have a lot of stamina when it comes to playtime.

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Bullfrogs & Butterflies Baby said...

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