Being a part of a team is much more enjoyable when everybody gets along on a personal level. If you coach youth sports, you may be wondering how to achieve this with your team. Not to worry, Insports Centers has put together this list of activities that is sure to take team camaraderie to the next level. 1. Join an Offseason League For true competitors, there is no such thing as the “off” season. Stay in shape and sharpen your skills by joining a league that runs after your season has concluded. Joining one alone is beneficial, but joining one as [...]
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It’s no secret that youth sports are a great way to get kids physically active, but its benefits go beyond that. Believe it or not, sports teach fundamental values and principles that extend far beyond the playing field. Here are five life lessons any children can learn through youth sports: 1. The value of hard work. Nothing in life was ever earned without hard work, and the same holds true in the world of sports. Your child will quickly learn that if they want to be the best player, they need to be the hardest worker. 2. Setting and achieving goals. [...]
Over the past decade, the use of artificial turf sports fields has skyrocketed across the country. Previously few and far between, these surfaces can now be found at schools, complexes, and community centers everywhere. Artificial turf is comprised of synthetic polyethylene fibers intended to replicate the look and feel of natural grass. More times than not, these fields are filled in with “crumb rubber” – or ground up recycled car tires – to enhance durability and safety by providing extra cushion. While artificial turf has become a hotly-debated topic, it does offer some undeniable benefits to facility owners, maintenance staff, and [...]
One of the most important parts of playing sports is staying hydrated throughout your game (or practice). There are many drinks you can choose from, but not all are equally beneficial. Here's a breakdown of the good and the bad of some of the most common drink choices among athletes: Water Water is by far the best option for rehydrating any young athlete. Studies have proven time and time again that good old-fashioned H2O does the best job at keeping athletes hydrated. You just may need to remind your kids to keep drinking it, especially if they sweat more heavily, since [...]
Coaching a local youth sports team can be one of the most fun and rewarding experiences you will ever encounter, but it isn’t easy. Here are ten tips to help ease the load on first-time coaches: Safety first. The safety of your athletes should always be your top priority. Teach them the importance of protective equipment, proper playing technique, hydration, and warming up before physical activity. Be patient. Remember that you are coaching children. This isn’t the big leagues, and mistakes are going to be made. All you can do is not get frustrated by these mistakes, and use them as [...]
There is no debating the importance of physical activity, especially for children. As a parent, it is your responsibility to teach your kids that regular exercise is essential for good overall health. Unfortunately, the cold weather often keeps us sedentary for months at a time, but it doesn't have to. Here are five things you can do to keep your children active this winter: Partake in winter activities. Don't let the cold weather keep you inside. There are still plenty of activities you can enjoy during the winter months, such as skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, sledding, snowball fights, or building a [...]
Insports Centers is the #1 indoor sports facility in Fairfield County, Connecticut. With a full-sized turf field, multiple hardwood courts, a box lacrosse arena, and multi-purpose recreation rooms, we have something for everyone to enjoy. We host year-round leagues, tournaments, camps, clinics, and instructional programs for just about every sport you can imagine – and some you've probably never heard of (pickleball, anyone?). While you may already know that Insports is the perfect place for kids, you may not know we cater to adults, too. Especially those who need to unwind, blow off some steam, or bond with colleagues after a [...]
If you are a high school student who wishes to compete at the collegiate level, it is imperative that you make the most out of the recruiting process. You only get one opportunity to get recruited, and many students watch their dreams slip away because they were not proactive. According to Wayne Mazzoni, NCAA coach and recruiting expert, the biggest mistake that high school students make is taking a passive approach to recruiting. Many students are under the false perception that coaches will swarm to them based on their talent level, but this is often not the case. Many colleges lack [...]
Lace up your cleats, the Tri-Town Soccer Academy is coming to Insports for their Winter Storm session! Spend your “offseason” with us, training all winter long with some of the areas most respected professional soccer coaches. Details: • 19 weeks of training, beginning November 18th • All sessions are held on Friday evenings • Four age groups: • Ages 9-10: 5:00 – 6:30 PM • Ages 11-12: 6:30 – 8:00 PM • Ages 13-14: 8:00 – 9:30 PM • High School: 8:00 – 9:30 PM (futsal) • Space is limited to 25 players per age group • Boys and girls welcome [...]
Life can be tough as a parent, especially when it comes to preparing your kid's lunch. Luckily, these three recipes can make it a little easier. All of these meals are nutritious, easy to make, and lunchbox-friendly! Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich The healthier cousin of the classic PB&J, a peanut butter and banana sandwich brings a serving of fruit to the familiar taste your kids love. Simply spread all-natural peanut butter (almond butter works too) on a piece of whole grain bread and top it off with thinly-cut slices of fresh banana. For best results, wash down with a glass [...]