The Sojourner

Friday, September 30, 2011

The Ups and Downs of Being a Sports Mom and a GIVEAWAY!!


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Cody at practice
 As those of you with children in sports know, these sports can become all-consuming, especially as they advance into high school sports. My son began playing football while we still lived in Mexico, but it was very tedious to make the long journey across the border several days a week for him to play Pop Warner football in Yuma, AZ. After we moved to Arizona, we were very excited to find that the local public schools open their doors to homeschoolers to play sports. So my son then began with football in his Freshman year. Practices and workouts began as early as January of his 8th grade year and continued for most of the summer as well.

Freshman football was disappointing for my son - he fractured his hip before halftime in the first game of the season!! He was heartbroken, but he faithfully attended every practice and game - on crutches - and remained a part of the team. He was finally able to play some in the last two games of the season. And I learned way more about avulsion fractures of the hip than anyone, other than a doctor, should need to!!


Working hard
 Workouts for JV Football began in April with Spring Football, followed by Weight Camp in the summer and then regular football season which runs August through October. Since my son needed to take a weight-lifting class for football, he ended up taking a wrestling/weight-lifting class which got him interested in Wrestling. As soon as football ended, wrestling began and ran through February, at which time individual free-style wrestling began. Also, in January, Varsity Football workouts began early in the mornings. As homeschoolers, we had to "fit" school in between the morning workouts and the afternoon wrestling workouts and, later, football practices.
Ready, set....
Again, Spring Football began in April and ran right into Summer Weight Camp (mornings) and Wrestling Camp (afternoons). This summer also included a 5-day football camp up in the mountains. With this many hours per day of working out, my son's nutrition needs are pretty intense. He needs to consume, on average, about 5,000 to 6,500 calories per day and drink TONS of fluids (we live in the desert!!)

Watch out, here he comes (on the left)
As a mom, I can help my son perform his best by understanding the significant role sports nutrition plays before, during and after a game/practice to fuel his sports performance. Several things are key to fulfilling his nutritional needs. First, he must consume a lot of protein and carbohydrates. I supplement his diet with whey protein shakes at least once a day. I cook all of our food from scratch so he is getting the best, freshest food possible. His diet includes a lot of brown rice, whole wheat pasta and potatoes (white and sweet with skins on). I also cook chicken, beef and, occasionally, pork, as well as lots of beans and grains. I grind wheat and bake fresh bread on a regular basis. And I am able to buy lots of fresh fruits and vegetables for a very reasonable price thanks to living in AZ.

In order to replenish a lot of the fluid and electrolytes he loses every day, I keep a big stock of Gatorade in the house and buy whenever there are sales. Plus he drinks A LOT of filtered water every day, all day long.

He's a big guy now
Unfortunately, this past Wednesday, my son injured his knee during practice. After several hours in the Emergency Room (where his primary care physician sent us), we don't know much more. He is scheduled to see his orthopedic specialist on Monday where we will hopefully learn more specifically what his injury entails. We are hoping and praying that it is only a strain/sprain of his MCL and not a tear. He is really hoping to get back to playing football before the season is too far along. And again, I am learning way more about MCL injuries than your average person!!

For now, he is still attending practices and scrimmages, on crutches with a knee immobilizer. He is supporting the team and remaining part of the team, in hopes that he will soon be back on the field with them. Injuries are part of the sport, and as hard as it is on him, it seems to be just as hard on me as the mom. I am, behind the scenes, supporting him and helping him in any way I can. My role runs more towards making sure he ices his knee, takes ibuprofen, eats sufficiently and has plenty of Gatorade and water since he is still out in the heat for several hours each day.

but I remember him like this!
Sports injuries really are hard, but as long as his passion runs towards sports, I will do everything I can to assist him in pursuing his passion for football and wrestling. We are hoping he will be able to earn a college scholarship through his sports endeavors and are praying for safety and healing along the way.

If you are a sports mom, you understand how it is. If not, you never will. The vital role you play in your young athlete's achievement and success is immeasurable. Through nutrition, family scheduling or just being someone to lean on during challenging times, every mother wants to support her aspiring athlete as they BECOME the best athlete they can be.
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143 comments:

  1. My boys do Taekwondo. The way I help them is to be sure they have all the proper equiptment, help them to understand the moves and actually do the classes with them.

    April

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  2. My son plays soccer and we have coached his team for a few years in order to be involved. It's been fun and rewarding :)

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  3. The girls did soccer one year when they could both be on the same team. I hope you get good news about your son's knee.

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  4. I tweeted the giveaway. The baby picture is precious, they do grow up so quickly.

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  5. One way we want to encourage our children to be good athletes is by teaching them proper nutrition and what to eat and drink to make sure their bodies are in optimum condition for whatever sport they will be playing.

    bamagv at aol dot com

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  6. I'm a baseball, soccer and softball mom -- but baseball is our year-round sport! My son has big plans to play professional baseball and I've committed to do what I can to help him meet this goal. I'm the encourager -- to do your best, enjoy the moment, and be a good sport NO MATTER WHAT happens. There are many hours of practice each week. I drive to them and sit and wait -- and pray over what's going on the field. Best job ever.

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  7. We make sure to practice outside with our kids as much as we can to help them succeed.

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  8. DD loves soccer, I make sure she stays hydrated and healthy while enjoys the sport.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  9. https://twitter.com/#!/tcarolinep/status/109512333604290560

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  10. We teach our sons to be good sports and to cheer on their team mates.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  11. tweet:

    http://twitter.com/#!/mami2jcn/status/109597713837989888

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  12. My son loves soccer. We make sure he always has a water bottle with him to stay hydrated.

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  13. tweet:

    http://twitter.com/#!/ElenaIstomina/status/109665222326878208

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  14. my niece plays tball and we make sure she cheers for everyone, gets lots of sleep and stays hydrated

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  15. http://twitter.com/#!/aes529/status/109692876098777088

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  16. We teach our children to have fun and be good sports whether they win or lose the game. We also practice with them if they feel they need some help with their skills.

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  17. http://twitter.com/#!/susan1215/status/110075444472201216

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  18. My grandsons play scoccer and their father is the coach. We encourage them to play to the best of their ability while still having fun.

    LWons@HotMail.com

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  19. Teach them to be a good sport all the time and a that a good game face is a face with a smile on it.

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  20. http://twitter.com/#!/PLSvote4me/status/112248801380667392 by @plsvote4me

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  21. We try to encourage our kids and praise them, even if the kids loose. We also support them by going to all their games.
    Thanks so much.
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  22. I tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/peg42/status/112288884699832320
    Thanks
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  23. Our grandson is into karate, and has done other sports....our best advise that we have always given him, is try his best, have fun, and be a good sport!! grammypenny@frontier.com

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  24. I do it by letting them know to do their best and that they will no be the best at every sport they do.

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  25. We have signed my son up for Track and Field this year, though it has not yet begun. My son is also a committed Boy Scout ten weeks into his twelve week Personal Fitness Merit Badge. We are helping our son do his best athletically by teaching him about nutrition and feeding him healthy foods, joining the Y and encouraging his morning workouts, and encouraging him to get enough rest since he is getting up early for workouts.

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  26. I help my athletes be the best they can be by providing them with the knowledge of good nutrition and the healthy foods they need.

    The Happy Wife/Danielle
    ldsmom2201 at yahoo dot com
    http://juanshappywife.blogspot.com
    Twitter: The_Happy_Wife

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  27. I try to encourage him to be a team player.stay hydrated, rest properly

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  28. We offer encouragement and teach good sportsmanship.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  29. Tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/rhoneygee/status/112423215212662785

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  30. I am a sports mom. I understand.

    My son is younger and his interests are towards sports in general. For awhile there we were involved in 2-3 sports at a time. He's a decent athlete so he always makes all the competitive teams.

    This past year we learned that he has a foot disorder. Not uncommon. But just sucky if you're an athlete. Excruciating foot pain...possibly surgery in the future.

    I've encouraged him that it doesn't have to mean the end of his competitive sports and that we'll help him (buying orthodics and visits to specialists) as much as we possibly can. Because his dad and I support his passion too.

    ...danielle

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  31. We encourage them to practice and try their best.

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  32. Teaching them that winning isn't everything but rather how well they played the game. msmith572@yahoo.com

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  33. Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/flowergirl523/status/112534325374877696

    msmith572@yahoo.com

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  34. Blogged: http://insanityisforthelame.blogspot.com/2011/09/sojourner-reviews-ups-and-downs-of.html

    msmith572@yahoo.com

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  35. i help and support my son by attending all of his games/practices and making sure he has everything he needs (equipment, drinks, snacks, etc) and I give lots of positive feedback

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  36. I think it's important to attend their sporting events and be positive about their efforts.

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  37. Tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/clc408/status/112547237783011329

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  38. Encourage good teamwork and positive work ethic. I also make sure I'm there to listen when a game doesn't have a positive outcome and my athlete needs encouragement.
    nrdunningaTgmailDOTcom

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  39. tweet
    http://twitter.com/ohstac/statuses/112585146263277568
    nrdunningATgmailDOTcom

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  40. good sleep, nutrition and attitude whether win or lose
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

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  41. We encourage our child to his best in whatever activities he chooses to do.
    lenz.nicole(at)gmail(dot)com

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  42. Go to the games and keep positive even when there are setbacks or losses

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  43. The best things that you can do are going just going to all the events, and always encouraging and supporting them!

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  44. I try to help by being very encouraging and not pushing too hard but going out myself and practing
    a10small at hotmail dot com

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  45. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/MiMichelle_03/status/113300583842201600
    mnsanchez15@yahoo.com

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  46. I will not force them to excel--that is something they need to find within themselves.
    mnsanchez15@yahoo.com

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  47. having them the right protection gear is key

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  48. be supportive as possible
    Thanks so much!! Janna Johnson jannajanna@hotmail.com janna@feedyourpig on gfc

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  49. Hydrating before the game is so important!
    THANKS for the AWESOME GIVEAWAY!!!

    Scott Martin
    spmartin122 at gmail dot com

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  50. I cheer my grandchildren on at all their sports and dance events.
    smchester at gmail dot com

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  51. This is my son's first year playing soccer. Since he's only 5 we help him by encouraging and praising him. eleaf7@yahoo.com

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  52. Over the years, I have been both a decent and crummy mom when it came to sports! I am not as competitive as any of my kids and I am the one liable to be in bed on a saturday morning, lol. But, as they all hit high school, I am better about going to events and volunteering to do rides and dinner:) My youngest is lucky!
    quinnschilling@gmail.com

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  53. Tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/quinnschilling/status/115153833973383168
    quinnschilling@gmail.com

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  54. Football is the big sport around here now. the boys all play.

    kayswederski@yahoo.com

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  55. Football is like the last great american past time. Glad our youth are keeping it alive.

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  56. My son was in Challenger Softball league years ago. I was so thrilled when the announcer called his name during the final series. I felt like I won the lotto. Charlotte
    charlottewinters@cox.net

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  57. I encourage my sons by always being there for games and practices, letting them know what's important to them is important to me. dguillen at kc dot rr dot com

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  58. you can show support by going to their games and teaching them good sportsmanship skills.
    lyndsey dot hauck at gmail dot com

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  59. tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/guillenwins/status/115797578544713728
    dguillen at kc dot rr dot com

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  60. We try and help the kids become the best athlete they can be by making sure they have the right attitude, the right equipment and lots of encouragement.

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  61. Tweet: http://twitter.com/njhhb/statuses/115807013572837377

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  62. By being a good motivator and encouraging them to be their best and be a good team player.
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  63. Tweeted
    https://twitter.com/#!/disneyfan40/status/115829259003637760
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  64. My son plays soccer and I kick the ball around with him as much as possible.

    toddlovessweeps at gmail.com

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  65. Tweeted

    http://twitter.com/#!/toddlovessweeps/status/115847928937054209

    toddlovessweeps at gmail.com

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  66. Thanks for entering me!
    My son is involved with martial arts. How I help him be the best is teach him to be a good sport even if he loses.

    No fun but such an important lesson!
    Lizzie (TOS Crew)

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  67. I see playing sports, as preparing my grandchildren for the game of life by teaching them to be a team player, to give it their all and to work for what they want.
    helenkeeler@comcast.net

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  68. tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/helen1949/status/115914174743326720
    helenkeeler@comcast.net

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  69. I helped my son achieve a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do by encouraging him at every step and by providing all the equipment he needed to work out at home between work outs ot the Dojo.
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

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  70. Lots of encouragement and making sure they eat healthy!
    addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com

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  71. Practice with them as much as possible so they are prepared to do their best!

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  72. I tell them to work as a team and do their best
    merleandtina@yahoo.com

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  73. http://twitter.com/#!/HappyTina0115/status/116032243713048576
    merleandtina@yahoo.com

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  74. I would lead by example and not get upset if they lose. they need to be good sports.
    gabflab at live.com

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  75. I play catch with my son everyday

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  76. I make sure Emily gets plenty of rest, eats well stays hydrated and makes all her practices and games on time.
    traymona(at)aol.com

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  77. My kids just started playing soccer and I just try to make sure they are rested and eat well before practice.

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  78. My husband takes my kids out and practices with them every chance he gets. I cheer them on at their games.

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  79. Tweet:
    https://twitter.com/#!/jesikalikesfree/status/116288174359191552

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  80. we try to give lots of encouragement

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  81. Just try to support them as much as possible

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  82. Tell them to try their best, that's all we can ask!

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  83. Tweet! http://twitter.com/#!/mssluna02/status/116903938397179906

    mssluna02@gmail.com

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  84. Alternate to Blog Entry entered.

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  85. Being there for them. Listening to them. Encouraging them & cheering them up when they're down. Praying for them and of course, loving and supporting them always.

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  86. I attend all of their games and cheer them on! Whether they win or lose, we always go out for ice cream afterwards!

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  87. Tweeted!
    http://twitter.com/#!/nobimbo1/status/117578534305804288

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  88. I always made sure my son got plenty of rest and a good dinner at night.

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

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  89. Tweeted here too

    http://twitter.com/#!/gmissycat/status/117606141839683584

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

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  90. I help my son to be the best that he can be by encouraging him to give his best effort and have fun.

    gina@walczakphotography.com

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  91. Sounds great :)

    Karen Gonyea
    ktgonyea at gmail.com

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  92. We live in the HOT AZ summer sun, so we try to make sure our kiddo stays hydrated! And sunscreen, we go through gallons in the summertime!!
    b dot ringer at hotmail dot com

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  93. TWeet
    http://twitter.com/#!/ContestMom/status/118457639767261186
    b dot ringer at hotmail dot com

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  94. We support their efforts and try to make them feel good about whatever they can accomplish.

    ky2here at msn dot com

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  95. http://twitter.com/#!/ky2here1/status/118472900838825985

    ky2here at msn dot com

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  96. I just want my children to have fun. I encourage them to give their best effort ....but in the end...HAVE FUN

    jtckkataoldotcom
    Joyce H

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  97. I help my two daughters and son be the best athletes they can be by showing them unconditional love. Sports can bring out the best and the worst in people but in the end the only thing that matters is the heart, soul, and sweat that your children put into the sport that they love. I'm happily supporting my two daughters who play Club Tennis at the University of Virginia and my son who is a tournament tennis player.

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  98. Me and my husbands coach our kids teams. So teamwork and sportsmanship is very important. You have to learn to win well and to loose well.

    shelleymikey at gmail dot com

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  99. We think practicing is key to confidence. confidence is what keeps them going and they are great athletes!

    sugarsweet7202@yahoo(dot)com

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  100. Tweeted.

    http://twitter.com/#!/imaclutz89/status/119250636293419008

    sugarsweet7202@yahoo(dot)com

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  101. I remind them that winning is not the goal. Fun is the goal. I also encourage them to do more active things as individuals or with friends rather than to participate in competitive activities.
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  102. I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/#!/FotoMacro/status/119447901096247296
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  103. Make sure they are prepared, hydrated, and give lots of praise.
    jas8929 at gmail dot com

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  104. Hydration, nutrition, practice, and cheering them on.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

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  105. I believe in good food, lots sleep and a big cheering gallery.

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  106. Support them by attending games and serving the foods their coaches tell them to eat.

    3oink63moo484@gmail.com

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  107. All 3 of my older children are student athletes. I try to prepare them for practices and games with healthy snacks and drinks to fill them physically and lots of encouragement to help this feel great emotionally.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

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  108. I Tweeted this giveaway: http://twitter.com/#!/lisalmg/status/119569565834416128
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

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  109. I encourage them to do the best they can do. Help them feel good about their strength and try to help with their weak points.
    chipdip2010(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  110. Tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/chipdip2010/status/119602517901451264
    chipdip2010(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  111. I provide my little all star with the equipment he needs as well as the nutrition and hydration necessary for the level of activity an athletic lifestyle mandates. but the most important thing is I make it to every single game to keep his spirits high.

    hookedonafeline999 at yahoo dot com

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  112. LOTS OF LOVE, ENCOURAGEMENT & COMPASSION! kytah00@yahoo.com

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  113. 2ND ENTRY TWEET @ http://twitter.com/#!/kytah00/status/119605841103032320

    kytah00@yahoo.com

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  114. I teach them its not about winning but doing your personal best.honeypie411 at yahoo dot com

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  115. http://twitter.com/#!/honeypie411/status/119610777601720320 honeypie411 at yahoo dot com

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  116. By becoming a team player and teaching them to do their best
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  117. tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/ChelleB36/status/119616427786371072
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  118. my child is grown now but when she was in sports we cheered her on and helped her to understand that winning isn't everything

    debbiebellows (at)gmail (dot)com

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  119. i tweeted here:

    https://twitter.com/#!/bellows22/status/119618307723771905

    debbiebellows (at)gmail (dot)com

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  120. I feed them well with whole, local organic ingredients. THey love my home made granola bars!

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  121. tweeted

    https://twitter.com/#!/erunuevo/status/119688819917332480

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  122. I always keep her hydrated, and feed her healthy meals

    itsjustme62613 at gmail.com

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  123. tweet

    http://twitter.com/#!/MistySunrise/status/119702423462887426

    itsjustme62613 at gmail.com

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  124. My son will get frustrated and say he can't do it and I tell him he can do anything.
    kyonac1@gmail.com

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  125. we help our athlete become the best he can be by supporting him and encouraging him to practice and do his best
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

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  126. We just encourage them and tell them to do their best. As long as they try as hard as they can, the outcome doesn't matter. thank you!
    crystalfaulkner2000 at yahoo dot com

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  127. I help them be the best they can be by encouraging them to do their best, cheering them on and making sure they get proper rest and meals before and after events.

    trinitygsd at yahoo dto ocm

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  128. I am supportive by being at as many events as I possibly can be and being honest about how he does! i think this shows him that I am specifically watching him and want him to be better rather than just always saying he did great (although that still gets said all the time too :) Thanks!
    Kconklin1028@gmail.com

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  129. I work with my children; pitch baseballs to them, play basketball, and I also make certain they have proper nutrition and rest. :-) Thank you.
    jaquerichards at yahoo dot com

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  130. We tell our guy how proud we are of him all the time. I also make sure he's getting proper nutrition and also having fun!
    ericacarnes(at)gmail(dot)com

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  131. practice and patience and support
    ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  132. I try to give unconditional support and encouragement but at the same time try to boost their confidence by making sure they practice and stick with the sport or team even when things aren't going well. I think overcome adversity and getting yourself out of a slump can be valuable learning lessons that instill a lot of self-esteem and strength!

    gkaufmanss@yahoo.com

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  133. Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/guettel78/status/119873366051139584

    gkaufmanss@yahoo.com

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  134. I think just knowing their parents support them is a help.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    email in blogger profile.

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  135. tweet- http://twitter.com/#!/js22222222/status/119877789758398464
    email in blogger profile.

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  136. I encourage to be a team player, and it doesnt matter who wins, as long as they had fun trying :)

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  137. I help by giving them tons of encouragement!
    brich22 at earthlink dot net

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  138. tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/brich2222/status/119898306691346432
    brich22 at earthlink dot net

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  139. Lots of encouragement and teaching them to be good winners and good losers.

    the imagine tree at aol dot com

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  140. No kids, but I believe that it should be fun to do sports.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  141. http://twitter.com/#!/slehan/status/119913680187035648

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  142. I make sure I go to all the games and cheer my son on from the sidelines! I also make sure he stays well-hydrated, well-rested and eats well.

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