Everything You Need to Get Ready for Spring Sports
This post is sponsored by Texas Children’s Hospital, all opinions are my own.
Soccer, basball, lacrosse, track and golf; what do these all have in common? They are all Spring sports and as todays temps reached 80 degrees and my kids played outside barefoot, I’m reminded that Spring is right around the corner. I’m not sure if we are going to have a go at soccer again this Spring or maybe see what T-ball is all about. One thing I do know is that there is a list of things on every parents mind as they get ready for the season to being. I’ve put together a list of everything you need to know to get ready for Spring sports.
Practice Schedule and Games: Before you sign up you are going to want to make sure that you can make it to all of the scheduled practices and games. I personally have to keep a written calendar to keep our lives all straight. I make sure that it has a monthly lay out but also a break down by the week so that I can write in more details as needed, like when its my turn to bring juice boxes and bananas.
Gear: When signing up you should recieve a list of all of the equipment you are going to need to purchase in order to participate. I know when we signed up for soccer all we had to do was show up in shorts and a tshirt. Nothing else was needed. They provided us the cutest jersey and we ended up purchasing a soccer ball and small goals so that we could practice in the yard at home. Check out Amazon to order everything in one place and local places like Play it Again Sports for gently used gear. I like to label everything with my kids name and our phone number!
Emergency Plan: Athletics can be exciting but accidents can also happen. Know where the closest urgent care center is to your practice area. We live in South Austin and I was thrilled when I was invited to visit the NEW Texas Children’s Urgent Care center that opens this week. They have evening and weekend hours so they are available when my pediatricans office is closed and when most sporting events are happening. They have onsite xray which is key in most sports related injuries. BONUS they are also treat many acute illnesses such as asthma, fever, rashes and ellergic reactions. Add them to your plan and save their location as 4477 S Lamar Blvd. Suite 400. I know they are staffed with top notch pediatric doctors and nurses, as Texas Children’s is one of the best in the nation!
Sidelines Gear: As a parent cheering on the sidelines you are going to need your own gear. A comfy seat, possibly umbrella for sun protection, cooler with drinks and snacks for your player and of course water bottles for everyone to stay hydrated. Again, I label everything with our name and phone number.
So whether your kiddo is the star goalie, or trying out t-ball for the first time. Get the entire family ready in just a few easy steps and enjoy the game.