One of the biggest disappointments for a sports-crazed parent is to hear the echo of your child voicing their desire to quit sports.  Your child’s lack of interest, visible frustration or feelings of inadequacy can be remnants of a poor experience.  A  recent study quoted that 70% of youth drop out of organized sports by
This is the week leading up to Super Bowl LII and it’s supposed to be a celebration of the game.  However, across multiple media outlets, the discussion has been about the future of football and particularly youth football.  ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption had Sports Illustrated and NBC analyst Peter King on and he discussed whether interest
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“Exercise is king.  Nutrition is queen.  Put them together and you’ve got a kingdom.”   -Jack Lalanne Flag football was without question designed to be a safe alternative to traditional football.  The increase in head and neck injuries along with violent tackles in traditional football has created a strong appeal for flag football. Although strides in
                     Win with humility, lose with grace and do both with dignity” – author unknown. From backyard flag football games to the action-packed games at the Shoe, competition is a huge part of our culture.  At Play Fanatics, we encourage our athletes to rally together to
“One day you will wake up and you won’t have anyone to take to practice.  Enjoy the time you have.”  -Parents everywhere Being the parent of a youth flag football player is just as exciting of an experience as being the athlete. It’s an opportunity to build a social network, a great reason to enjoy
“The people you surround yourself with can either help build you or help break you.  Choose wisely.”      -JJ Watt A great flag football coach can have a monumental impact on a young athlete’s life.  Coaches can be the role model that motivates your child to be the best that they can be on
“Sports do not build character, they reveal it.” -Coach John Wooden Cheering from the sidelines next to a packed cooler and folding chairs is an underdeveloped image of a supportive parent involved in children’s flag football.  At Play Fanatics, we value the key role that parents play in their child’s experience.  From a parent’s interactions with
“On a team, it is not the strength of the individual player, but it is the strength of the unit and how they all function together.”     -Bill Belichick, General Manager of the New England Patriots At the sound of the whistle, the excitement begins! For a kid, the rush and Adrenalin while racing
We are built out of the foods and fluids we put it our body: build something STRONG. -Heather Mangieri , Author of Fueling Young Athletes Healthy nutrition for young athletes is essential in their success with Play Fanatics.  Kids need fuel to be their very best on and off of the field, therefore it is
True motivation is developed by understanding purpose.  When a child sees purpose in becoming an athlete, they possess healthy motivations throughout their athletic journey.  Children’s flag football, along with other youth sports, is an opportunity for fun and growth.  Sometimes, however, our lens becomes fixated on winning rather than healthy competition, or our interests shifts