Earning a spot on a travel or club team is a big feat for kids. The rosters are usually made up of the best players, rather than whomever signed up. The commitment expectations for these teams are heavy, but for the most part, players and parents are only happy to oblige. The athletes at this level take their sport seriously and want to do whatever it takes to succeed. Parents pour in the endless hours of travel to and from games and practices. Hold the fundraisers, pack the snacks, make the late dinners, and do all the laundry. ALL of the laundry. Moms and Dads that need or choose to work full time can find keeping up with all of the requirements quite daunting to say the least. Juggling travel sports whilst working full time can be a challenge. How do parents maintain a healthy 'travel sports' work life balance?
It's no secret that sportsmanship is in decline. Sportsmanship is arguably one of the biggest takeaways from youth sports. This is an aspect of the game that can translate into so many other areas of kid's lives and one they can easily carry into the adult years as they cope with different relationships, and in business. It's a sad statistic that has only gotten worse in recent years as society changes, and focus is placed more on abilities and winning, than on character.
Juggling athletics and academics can be quite a challenge, especially when it comes to travel sports. The importance of good grades is indisputable, but with competitive sports requiring so much of you, creating a balance is the key to doing both successfully. Applying these practical tips to your routine can help you maintain good grades while playing travel sports.
Whether it’s travel ball or club sports, living on the road is a normal part of the sports family life. There are tournaments and events that can last up to several days! This type of mobile living can make eating healthy and cost effective meals very difficult for many families. With most options being the snack bar, fast food, or other restaurants, parents need to really think strategically if they want to keep their budgets, waistlines, and their kid’s nutrition in check. A taxing task indeed, but most definitely, not an impossible one!