The signs are all here, school supplies appearing in stores, back to school clothes everywhere you look. Summer is winding down and fall is fast approaching. As you prepare your family for the upcoming school year it’s a good time to start getting your kids ready for fall sports. Whether your child is a seasoned athlete or a first-time player, here are some things you can do to prepare your child for a safe and fun sports season.
Ready to Play Fall Sports!
1. Sign Them Up
Once your kids have decided on a fall sport find out when the sign-ups are. If you’re new to kids’ sports, don’t be surprised if sign-ups are earlier than you expect. Many teams start practicing weeks before school starts.
Find out what you need in terms of identification and payments and don’t miss your child’s opportunity to participate in their chosen sport.
Signups are a great time to get a list of required equipment, find out about the time commitment you’re making and to make sure you understand the rules and regulations of whatever league or club manages your child’s team. Preparation on all of these counts will help ensure a positive fall sports experience.
2. Get the Right Equipment
Investing in quality equipment is important for safety as well as helping your child play a good game. Make sure your equipment is current and tested for safety. Try everything on before you buy to make sure it fits well and works as intended.
If you’re using equipment from a previous season make sure it is still in good working order before use.
3. Sports Physicals
Schedule your child’s sports physical as soon as they are registered for a sport. Appointments for sports physicals fill up fast and not all doctors’ offices will perform them. Do your research to allow adequate time for your child’s appointment.
Take the opportunity to discuss any concerns with your child’s doctor about the physical risks of their chosen sport or any restrictions based on your child’s medical history.
4. Start Training
If your child has been a summer couch potato start easing them into physical activity at a moderate pace before the fall season. Practicing the skills required for their chosen sport will build confidence and skills before they have to show their stuff to coaches and teammates.
5. Prepare and Plan for Injuries
Before the rush of school and sports activities take over your calendar take the time to prepare for unexpected situations and injuries that may come up at practices or games. Pack a sports bag or kit to take to practices and games with you. Include first aid supplies, ice packs, sunscreen, non-perishable snacks, water, extra socks, and anything else that might come in handy at practice or a game.