Boys Town Provides Tips for Helping Kids with Sports Tryouts

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As children become more involved in sports, competition increases and expectations aren't always realized. Boys Town has some tips for parents to help their kids through the process.

The goal is to involve your child in some type of physical activity- competitive or noncompetitive - for at least one hour every day.

Boys Town today announces strategies to assist children with sports tryouts. The national child and healthcare organization, started over 90 years ago, is a leader in parenting advice. As children become more involved in school and sporting activities discussions should be held with them to talk about which sport he or she would like to try and stress practice, practice, practice. Here are 5 strategies that can help:

1.    Talk with other parents or have your child talk with peers who have been on the team before or who have tried out for the sport, so you know what to expect.
2.    Have your child dress appropriately for the sport or activity and get them ready to work.
3.    Parents can help by encouraging their child to do his or her best, talking about the tryouts and by leaving inspirational messages around the house.
4.    Make nutritious meals and snacks that contain both carbohydrates and proteins to help your child maintain energy and rebuild muscles.
5.    Make time for your child to relax—whether it’s listening to music, taking a bath or reading a book in a quiet room. Tryouts can be stressful so unwinding from the day can be just as important as having a good breakfast.

“Not everyone can make the team. If your child does not, he or she may join friends as a spectator,” said Dr. Greg Penny, Boys Town Pediatrician. “Often there is another sport to pursue. The goal is to involve your child in some type of physical activity—competitive or noncompetitive—for at least 1 hour every day.”

The Boys Town National Hotline also offers free advice to parents 24/7. Call 1-800-448-3000.

About Boys Town
Nationally, Boys Town has been a beacon of hope for America’s children and families through its life-changing youth care and health care programs for more than 90 years. In 2011, Boys Town’s Integrated Continuum of youth care and health care programs impacted more than 500,000 children and families across America. This includes those who received services from Boys Town’s residential programs as well as those served by the many varied programs that comprise the Boys Town Integrated Continuum of Child and Family Services, including In-Home Family Services, health care services provided by Boys Town National Research Hospital and the Boys Town National Hotline.

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