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February 8, 2018

I recently binge watched Netflix's new docu-series Coach Snoop. My first impressions? Amazing show. Extremely entertaining. Very well executed. I laughed. I cried (a lot). At times I wanted to jump up and chest bump the tv! Coach Snoop is a no holds barred look into youth football from every perspective. From the lovable players to the devoted coaches to parents trying to do their best, everyone gets to tell their side of the story.

Coach Snoop explains that the goal of the Snoop Football League is to keep at-risk kids off of the street and out of gangs. The theory is, if kids are at practice 5 days a week and games on weekends, they're way less likely to get into trouble. And if they're immersed in challenging environment, they'll develop both athletically and mentally. While his objective is totally commendable, the methods are a bit controversial.

Let's get right to it. The main eyebrow raiser as you watch Coach Snoop is how the coaches spe...

January 27, 2018

When I was in elementary school, life was very different. Photos were captured on a roll of Kodak film and had to be professionally developed to be viewed.  Videos were recorded with a video camera and that footage was confined to a tape, that could only be viewed on VCR. Content used to have a limited scope. 

Things have changed. We now live in a world of instant access and infinte sharing.

According to a recent poll, 22% of teenagers log on to their favorite social media site more than 10 times a day, and more than half of adolescents log on to a social media site more than once a day. Seventy-five percent of teenagers now own cell phones, and 25% use them for social media, 54% use them for texting, and 24% use them for instant messaging. Thus, a large part of this generation's social and emotional development is occurring while on the Internet and on cell phones.

Instagram is the main social media platform for youth athletes. If you're not up to date with the wonderful world...

November 13, 2017

I'm writing this because my son's team lost a game yesterday. And my kid, well...he cried. He violated the unspoken rule in basketball and he cried on the court. Blood, Sweat and Tears is real. I'll tell you what happened.

There were 1.6 seconds left in the 2nd half. The score was 17-18. They inbounded the ball to my son and he catches it, pivots around misses the shot that could've won the game.  The buzzer sounds and time seemed to slow down as the opposing team cheers in celebration. My child dropped to his knees in shame, with his head in his hands. He got up seconds later with holding his jersey to cover his crying face. My heart broke for him. But this too, is part of the game.

Sports can be intensely emotional experiences. High highs and low lows. When kids suffer a loss, it's a great teaching experience in how to process negative emotions. And by process, I mean work through them. Not ignore them or diminish them.

After the loss, i overheard several...

November 10, 2017

Place 4 drops of Eucalyptus + 4 drops of Lemongrass oil onto a 2 cotton balls ( 8 drops each cotton ball).

Place in the shoes overnight.

Remove cotton balls in the morning. 

Do you know a better way to keep shoes smelling fresh? Comment below with your funky shoe hacks!

Corrections? Please email me: ballermomblog@gmail.com

November 10, 2017

Elite basketball camps are popping up everywhere. Totally not suprising, considering youth sports is currently a 15 billion dollar industry. What a time to be alive and ballin! Camps can be golden opportinities for your child to develop, gain exposure and compete against awesome, non-local competition. They can also be uhhh...just aiiight. Every camp scenario is different, so here are some questions to ask the camp director to help you make an informed decision. 

1. Will there be trained medical personnel on staff? Injuries happen. Kids get sick. And in basketball, there are no helmets or protection. (yikes!) It may be important to you that someone is there to care for your child in the event anything happenes.  If the answer is no, that's fine. Some budgets simply don't allow for this. But now you're informed, and you can make sure you're aware of the nearest medical facility.

2. What skills will you be teaching the children? Ask this question and...

November 9, 2017

Kids LOVE socks. I don't remember being as obsessed with my sock game as a child. But nowadays, dope socks are a necessary accessory for young athletes.  The Stance Clay Thompson 11 Socks pictured above cost $20 online. Which basically means I'm going to be pretty annoyed if I find one of these bad boys underneath the sofa. Sock Locks have saved me so much time searching laundry to find sock matches and energy asking my kid where his other sock is. 

Keep these in your kid's room. They pair socks and toss em in the laundry. Regular weight socks fit in a single Sock Lock. Sports socks like Stance socks fit through double Sock Lock. They're washing machine and dryer safe. And if you spend moolah on cool socks, and value your sanity, I suggest picking up some Sock Locks.

Do you know a better way to keep socks together? Comment below with your sock hacks!

Corrections? Please email me: ballermomblog@gmail.com

November 7, 2017

1. Find opportunities to praise mental triumphs as well as physical feats. "You looked disappointed when you missed the layup. It was an easy shot. But I love how you picked yourself back up and got back tough on defense! Way to keep your head in the game!"

2. Set goals together. Give rewards when the goal is accomplished. Simple, I know. But it's great practice for children start writing goals down. 

3. After the game, ask your child to self-audit and identify areas of improvement. Give verbal praise when you see your child making the effort to self-correct.

"Great game today. What do you think you want to focus on this week?" 

"Well I didn't have many assists, so let's work on passing."

4. Get excited and stay lighthearted on the way to games. Positive energy is contagious! Send them into the game pumped up and feeling like they can do anything. Or, if your child prefers to zone out, make sure they have whatever they need to get in their zone.

5. Make your chi...

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