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  • Its important for youth football players to respect officials -

    Posted November 19, 2013

    One of the best ways to help your kids avoid a situation like Tom Brady at the end of the game is to teach them the importance of respecting the officials. When they respect the officials as people and understand they are doing their best just like the players, they'll be able to handle both the good and bad when it comes to officiating.

    Here are seven ways you can help youth football players best handle it when calls don't go their way.

    • Greet the officials before the game. I love when I see players go up to the officials before the game to offer a handshake and say something like "good luck." It shows they respect the officials authority and hopefully forecasts how they'll interact throughout the game. 
    • Teach them to focus on what they can control. Your kids and players can only control their thoughts, words and actions -- neither the officials nor anybody else involved in the game. Teach them to take responsibility for this. Officials, and even teammates, may make bad plays that impact the game, but that is out of their control. Tom Brady later acknowledged this, saying he and his team could have made better plays throughout the game so they didn't end up in that situation.
    • Hand the official the ball during dead balls when possible. One way to continue to show respect of the official is to hand them the ball after dead balls. The players are working hard, the officials are working hard, and it's another way to show respect.
    • Never speak to an official about a call. If a youth football player disagrees with a call, doesn't understand a call or is just plain upset about it, don't say one word to the official. He should ask his coach on the sideline. If the coach gives a player or team captain permission to speak to an official, it should be in a respectful manner.
    • When officials speak to them during the game, respond with yes/no sir (or ma'am). It's okay to speak with the officials during the game as long as you are not questioning their authority or disrespecting them. Some officials may enjoy a little small talk that doesn't distract from their focus or the players' focus.
    • Thank and congratulate the officials for their efforts after the game. Most youth football teams line up to shake the hands of their opponents when the game ends. Don't let your kids forget to acknowledge the officials during this time. Even if they had an "off" day.
    • Show them by respecting the officials yourself. If you teach your kids all of the above but you are bad-mouthing, complaining and throwing adult tantrums on the sidelines toward to officials, the kids will think it's OK, and eventually they'll follow your lead. You should do all of the above yourself first.
  • Recovering athletes need more carbs than protein

    Posted November 1, 2013

    Athletes looking to fuel back up after a workout or game want anywhere from a four-to-one to two-to-one ratio of carbohydrates to protein, said Lindsay Langford, sports dietician for St. Vincent Sports Medicine in Indianapolis.

    Carbohydrates help the body better absorb protein, which speeds along muscle recovery.

    Most young athletes, however, maintain a diet that is closer to an even split between carbs and protein, Langford said.

    Check the food labels for drinks and snacks to see what your kids are putting into their bodies.

    A big steak may seem like a great idea for the postgame meal, but something lighter and carb-heavy might be just what the body needs.

    Here’s some suggestions for what to feed your child after a heavy workout:

    • Lowfat chocolate milk
    • Dried fruit and nuts
    • Tuna on whole wheat crackers
    • Spaghetti and meatballs
    • Chicken stir fry

     

 

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