Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Don't Be Tricked! These Treats are Sweet!

After their monster mash showdown on the court, treats your athletes with some of these "spook"tacular Halloween treats!

1. Jack Skellington Macarons: Don't be afraid of these sweet treats. This treat is even gluten-free! Some almond flour, chocolate chips, white food coloring mixed with some sugar, salt, and granulated white sugar makes these delicious treats that all of your little ghosts and ghouls will enjoy!

2. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread: It's not fall without a slice of pumpkin bread! This treat is perfect to bake during the fall weather. This gluten free option uses buckwheat bread, filled with fiber and great minerals making it a healthy sweet treat! Rather than filling their trick-or-treat bag with candy, your kids will be begging for a slice of this yummy treat instead!

3. Nutter Butter Boos: This is a very simple and fast treat to make! Purchase as many Nutter Butter packets as you would like to make, grab some white chocolate or almond bark, and chocolate chips.  For easy convenience, put out the Nutter Butters on a cooling rack so you can easily spread the white chocolate onto your ghosts. Have the kids help decorate their ghost faces with the chocolate chips! Have fun creating and eating your "boo"tiful treats together!

4. Monster Munch Crunch: This crunchy treat is very sweet and easy to make. A delicious Halloween party snack filled with candy corn, M&M's, pretzels, and more. Coat over the top of your mix with melted white chocolate for a scrumptious finish and fill little good bags with your yummy mix. All of the trick-or-treaters will be flocking to your house!

5. Jack-O-Lantern Fruit Cups: Grab a very healthy treat bowl instead of candy that will leave your kids' with stomach aches. Simply pick up some oranges, and cut out your Jack-O-Lantern face. Fill it up with some raspberries, kiwi, strawberries, pineapple, blueberries, or orange slices. This is a great treat the is loaded with vitamins for a healthier lifestyle and still sweet!

6. Vegan Pumpkin Ginger Cookies: There is nothing better than treats with a healthy twist, like these gluten-free fall cookies! One bite of that crispy outer layer with that soft chewy taste of pumpkin spice will leave your taste buds in awe. The pumpkin and ginger mixture is a must-have at every Halloween party!

7. Mummy Pumpkin Pastries: These mummies won't creep you out! Instead you will be eating them fast than you can wrap them! These twisted treats are quick and easy to make. Ingredients include pumpkin puree, cream cheese, sugar, cinnamon, and egg yolks. Once your little mummies have cooled off, give them a spooky face and enjoy!

8. Vegan Frosted Pumpkin Cookies: After having one of these cookies, you will be dancing the Monster Mash in no time! These tasty vegan treats are easy to make and something everyone can enjoy!

9. Vegan Creepy Crawly Sugar Cookies: Don't let these treats scary you! These eye-catching treats with have everyone grabbing one for their plate at the party. Made with light and fluffy dough, enjoy these vegan treats with smooth icing and spooky decorations to top them off!

10. English Muffin Halloween Pizza Mummies: This is a snack for your hungry guests that will keep them ready for Halloween fun. Use English muffins halves as your base for your Halloween pizza creations. Use an assortment of toppings to create mummies, vampires, and all sorts of spooky monsters!

With these sweet and savory treats, you can create the ultimate menu of treats for your Halloween Party! For more treat ideas, check out our Pinterest Board!

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Nutrition Facts for You and Your Future Champions

Remember these three keys of advice to give to your champion in the making.

1. “Athletes Eat And Train They Don't Exercise”: It takes a variety of vitamins for your athlete to have their best performance on the court. To prevent breaking and stress fractures consume enough calcium, it helps build up strong bones. Also iron assists by carrying oxygen to various body parts that need it. Eating foods that are enriched in protein and carbohydrates helps keep a balanced diet and gets you energized for. In particular, children that endure two or more hours of physical activity may need to consume more food to keep up with the increased energy demands. Serious health problems are caused by over exercising without eating the right foods.

2. “Health is 80% of What You Eat”: Nutrition is important for all kids growing up, and it’s especially important for children playing sports. Take the time out to schedule an appointment for both you and your child to see a nutritionist to begin a journey of a happier and healthier lifestyle. Buying fresh fruit instead of fruit juice takes out all the unhealthy grams of sugars. Present your child a plate with a variety of vegetables, including dark greens, beans, reds and oranges, and peas. Restrict refined grains, such as pastas, white bread, and rice. Limit saturated and trans fat. Encourage your child to eat and drink fat-free or low-fat dairy products. The more you eat healthy the better athlete you will become.

3. “ Every Day Is A Chance To Get Better”: Obtaining a healthy lifestyle and getting your body in shape takes time, so don't feel rushed or worried if you do not see results in a short amount of time. As long as you are dedicated in eating the right food you are on your way. Getting up every morning with the same passionate mindset towards your goal of achieving excellence is all you need. At Sport Court we provide you a court that empowers you to be a champion.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Helpful Tips for Your First Season

Is this your first season as a sports parent? Here is a guide to help sports families for their first season with their young athletes.

1. Getting Ready: Provide your child with all the necessary gear and equipment they need for the field or on the court. For little leaguers, make sure they receive the proper glove so it doesn't slip off their hands as they make a great catch. Also, make sure that they are wearing supportive spikes as they are essential. For basketball parents, it's required that the necessary footwear is worn, so they can show off their best footwork and keep their ankles supported.

2. Preseason: When the schedule is released, make sure all practices and games are on the calendar. Don't risk missing a game or practice. Make a schedule your child can go by to eat properly before and after games and practices.

3. Game 1: Be positive and encourage your child to simply have fun and try his or her best. Have snacks prepared in case he or she wants one during the drive to the game. Every game going forward consistency is key. Have the necessary preparation, scheduling and make sure your child gets enough sleep.

4. Celebration: Take your child to their favorite restaurant or participant in their team's end of the season party. Inform your son or daughter of how proud you are of them. Acknowledging their hard work in their first season of completing a sport is crucial.

Since 1974 families have made everlasting memories on Sport Court Game Courts. Instead of wasting time and having your child focus on video games, be proactive and install a Game Court today!

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Get Your Young Ones In the Game!

Interested in getting your young ones started in basketball or other sports?

The United States Youth Soccer Association suggests short-sided games for younger ages to help increase their interest and the basics of the game. For our young athletes it is better for them to start with the fundamentals of basketball by playing small-sided basketball, which is a game otherwise known as 3×3 Basketball.

After the past 10 years of codifying the rules of 3x3 and innovating a unique platform to bring athletes together, it was recently announced that 8 men’s and 8 women’s teams will compete in 3×3 Basketball at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games. It is beneficial for younger athletes with much less congestion around the basket. Also kids get more time to execute the proper ball movement by receiving more passes.

In a game of 3x3 there are two teams of 3 players and 4 sideline players on each half court. That is twice as many kids than the traditional game of 5 on 5. More kids are able to play the game, which brings more incredible athletes to the court. Start your very own 3×3 Basketball Olympic team having a Sport Court Game Court out in your backyard.

Since the start, Sport Court has supported FIBA with the involvement in 3x3 Basketball. International approved for outdoor playing surfaces, Sport Court has supplied the highest quality of basketball courts for athletes of all skill sets and all ages. Since 1974, with over 150,000 Sport Court high-performance surfaces installed, athletes all across the globe have been provided with the best level of safety.

The best way for your youngster to start showcasing their Magic Johnson skills on the court is to install a Sport Court Game Court today!

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Practice isn't just for the Athletes

Parents often find that time surpasses so fast that their little league player is on his way to the majors in no time. Practices are also essential for parents as it is time spent with their all-star between school and extracurricular activities.

Before your child steps into the classroom their learning begins all at home. Assist your child early on by practicing drills at home on a Sport Court Game Court. Your child has the highest level of protection playing on a court from Sport Court, with the safety features that are embedded. Sport Court surfaces offer a foundation, where there is a low percent chance of an injury occurring.

Parents enjoy practices because their son or daughter obtains essential life qualities. Dedication, discipline, accountability, and leadership skills are gained. By parents practicing with their son or daughter routinely shows how dedicated they are to them and their dreams. Also teaching their child the rules of the game, explains to their child the discipline challenges that are faced. Parents show their children that they are accountable for their own actions when they do not make the appropriate move they will not get the outcome they strive for. Playing a one-on-one game with their son or daughter leadership skills are gained, by their child taking control on the court.

When your child shows that they have what it takes to be a champion, it's because you helped them become a champion by practicing with them on a Sport Court Game Court.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Be a Supportive Sports Father on and off the Court

We want your son or daughter to succeed as much as you do, but with these helpful seven tips you will be the best supportive sports father.

1. Help Them Find Their True Passion: Let them play the sport they want to play. Do not sign up your son or daughter to play baseball when they do not want to. You must remember it’s about their dream. Even if they excel in a certain sport, let them branch out by trying a different sport the following season. No one is born a professional athlete, and if he/she is having trouble with their back swing in golf stand by them while they continue to improve.

2. Create A Plan Together: For your child to conquer their dream create a plan together with them. Keep updating their plan as they continue to grow up. Begin their plan with an age appropriate goal. For example, a five year-old thriving for a twenty point game is not an achievable goal. You do not want to overwork your child at a young age. Younger athletes should start off their plan learning the fundamentals of the sport.

3. Credit Coaches and Teachers: Show appreciation to your child's teachers and coaches. And don't forget to credit the incredible education system that brings your child the knowledge they build their legacy on. Every moment your child spends with their coach or teacher helps them be the dream player they want to become. When your son or daughter comes home and says, “Dad, Coach Williams said I did a fantastic job today!”, that smile on their face encourages them to not only be a better player, but to get an education.

4. Good Character: Learning how to be a good sport is crucial for young athletes. The type of person he or she is more important than anything. Even with a player that has a lot of talent, character over anything will matter in the end. When scouts are examining players they want a good person and player. Character is key in playing sports, and being a team player is what matters the most.

5. Focus On The Present: Have he or she live in the moment. Enjoy watching them grow and pursue their dream. Encourage them along the way, and be the one supporting them on the sidelines. Don't let the critics get them down, continue to be on their team throughout all the struggles they go through.

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