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Downtime At A Tournament? What To Do!

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Downtime at a Tournament? What to Do!
Hey Travelsporters!

Good luck to everyone who is playing at Memorial Day tournaments this weekend. Thank you to all who have served as we remember and honor those who have fallen.

– Team Travelsports

What to do with your downtime during a tournament?

During downtime when traveling to a youth sports tournament, it’s important to keep the team engaged and make the most of the experience.

Here are some suggestions for activities during your teams downtime:

Relaxation and Recreation: Downtime is a great opportunity for relaxation and recreation. Consider activities like swimming, playing games, or simply enjoying some leisure time at the hotel. Some hotels may offer recreational facilities like a pool, gym, or outdoor spaces that can be utilized for team activities.

Sightseeing and Exploration: Take advantage of the opportunity to explore the tournament’s host city or nearby attractions. Visit local landmarks, museums, parks, or other points of interest. It can be both educational and fun for the team.

Team Meetings and Strategy Sessions: Utilize the downtime for team meetings to discuss game strategies, review performances, or plan for upcoming matches. This can be an excellent opportunity for coaches and players to communicate, set goals, and make adjustments.

Volunteer or Community Service: Engage the team in a volunteer or community service activity. Look for local organizations or initiatives that may need assistance. It not only provides a valuable learning experience but also promotes a sense of giving back.

Cultural and Educational Activities: Research the local culture and history of the tournament’s location. Plan visits to cultural centers, historical sites, or museums that can provide insights into the local heritage. It can be an educational experience for the team.

Team Dinners or Social Events: Arrange team dinners or social events during downtime. This can be a fun way to celebrate accomplishments, build team spirit, and enjoy local cuisine together. Look for nearby restaurants or consider organizing a potluck or BBQ at a suitable location.

Rest and Recovery: Downtime is also essential for rest and recovery, especially for young athletes. Make sure to prioritize downtime for relaxation, proper sleep, and rejuvenation. Encourage team members to take care of their physical and mental well-being.

Group Activities and Games: Plan group activities or games that promote interaction and fun. This could include card games, board games, team challenges, or outdoor activities like a scavenger hunt. Engaging in recreational activities can boost team morale and create lasting memories.

Watch Other Matches: If there are other games happening during the tournament, consider watching matches of other teams. This can provide an opportunity to observe different playing styles, strategies, and learn from other athletes’ performances.

Remember to balance downtime activities with the tournament schedule and the need for rest. It’s important to create a mix of fun, relaxation, team-building, and preparation to make the most of the overall experience.

2023 Trending Tournaments

Check out the top trending tournaments, by sport, on our site!


Travel Ball USA Memorial Day Classic
All American Open
2023 PG West Memorial Day Classic
Cooperstown Dreams Park Tournament


PGF Atlanta Fastpitch Memorial Day Classic
National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Div I Softball World Series
Lexi Kretsch Summer Showdown


Kings of Spring Nashville
Montreal Meltdown AAA Hockey Tournament
Ponytail Challenge Hockey Showcase


NCAA DI Women’s Lacrosse Championship
The Ohio Lacrosse FestivalSummer
Genesis Lacrosse Tournament

Sports for a Cause!

Buddy Baseball is a program designed for children ages 7 to 22 with various learning and/or physical disabilities. Buddy volunteers are comprised of teens and young adults. It’s a great program – find a local one near you! Here is an example of a local program in Wilmette, IL.


Did you know that Travelsports’ tournament and facility pages have a section on What to Do that are near the location of the tournaments and facilties? If your team has some downtime and is looking for something to do, make sure to check the “What to Do” section on tournament & facility pages.

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There’s A Hotel For Everyone

Hey Travelsporters! 

With our softball page officially launched, we wanted to send a reminder about upcoming tournaments. If you’re traveling for an upcoming tournament, be sure to check out the softball leagues page to find upcoming end of season tournaments! With tons of tournaments being uploaded everyday, be sure to keep an eye out! Make sure to check out our hotels page to find one near the event you’re traveling to. We understand that stress of having to book a hotel to accomodate your team and their families. If you’re looking for ways to find the perfect hotel, be sure to check out the article below.

Finding the Right Hotel For Your Team 

Traveling with a sports team can be an exciting and challenging experience, especially when it comes to finding the perfect hotel, assuming you and your team have a choice! Choosing the right hotel is crucial for the success and comfort of your team, as it can affect their performance and overall experience. Here are some tips on how to find the perfect hotel for your traveling sports team:

  1. Location: The location of the hotel is essential for a sports team. Look for a hotel that is close to the venue where you’ll be playing or practicing or if you are playing at multiple facilities, try and find one in the middle. It’s also essential to choose a hotel that is close to restaurants, grocery stores, and other amenities.

  2. Room Amenities: The rooms should be spacious enough to accommodate your team, and should also have enough storage space for their gear. Look for a hotel that offers amenities like refrigerators, microaves, and coffee makers in the rooms.

  3. Recreation Facilities: If your team has some downtime between games, look for a hotel that has recreation facilities like a pool or a gym.

2023 Trending Tournaments 

Check out the top trending tournaments, by sport, on our site! 


All American Open 
Spring Classic
Hladky Memorial Tournament


21st Annual May Celebration 
Wildcat Classic 
Top Gun-USA Diamond Domination – “Get Your Top Gun Game on Super NIT” 


Top Tier Pittsburgh 
Windy City Rumble
Western Super Summit


Virginia State Cup Team Tournament
Palmetto Lax Classic 
Did You Know?
Did you know that Travelsports has a facilities tab? Like finding the right hotel, it’s important to know about extracurricular activities for team bonding when traveling for a tournament. If you’re looking for a fun extracurricular activity in your area, be sure to visit to find thousands of listings including 

And More! 
Concussions in children can be quite scary, and it is a natural consequence of playing sports. Unfortunately, we can’t fully prevent the risk of concussions while playing sports, but we can mitigate the risk. Below is an in-depth guide about concussions occuring in youth sports and information about the risk of concussions in kids. Also included is information about the risk of concussion in specific sports, how we can be safer, and information about the recovery and treatment process. Read more below. 

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Travelsports Newsletter – Tenth Edition


Hey Travelsporters! 

Spring is upon us. The baseball and lacrosse season(s) are happening! There are many upcoming tournaments and showcases listed daily, so be sure to check them out! 

Hard to believe this is our tenth newsletter. Thank you for being a part of the Travelsports community. Be sure to spread the word about Travelsports to those looking for information related to youth and adult sports!

We are always looking for way to improve our newsletter. Have any tips or recommendations or want something featured in the newsletter, please send us a note to Your feedback is greatly appreciated! 

– Team Travelsports

The Role of Parents and Coaches in Youth Sports – Ways to Provide Support

Parents play an important role in the development of their kid’s athletic career. Parents are kids’ main mentors on and off the playing field. Their influence helps with an athlete’s skill development, emotional support and helping them cope with winning and losing. There are a number of strategies parents can use to help their kids have a successful athletic career. 

According to Believe Perform, parents can help encourage their kids to develop self-awareness of the skills they’ve learned. This can be done by supporting them and showing support throughout practice and competitions and asking them how it went afterwards. As a parent, it’s important to give coaches autonomy and put trust in their methods. As long as the coaches’ and parents’ messages are aligned,  it will lead to less confusion for the athlete. Additionally, it’s important to provide emotional support whenever your child has a tough match or loss.

Though providing support is essential, it can sometimes be too much. Becoming over-involved could cause stress and increase burnout rates at a young age. To prevent burnout, it’s important to not put too much pressure on winning and success, but encouraging the athlete to do their very best. The importance is that they should always enjoy their sport and additional pressure could cause a decrease in their performance. If you disagree with a coach, it’s important to prevent giving conflicting advice, but to talk with the coach another time so it does not come across as being disrespectful. 

With the hockey season winding down, be sure to use Travelsports to keep up to date on end-of-the-season tournaments and state/provincial playoffs. Interested in following the national USA Hockey tournaments … Click Here

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Upcoming Events 

Interested in upcoming clinics, showcases and tournaments for baseball, lacrosse or hockey? Check out our list of trending upcoming tournaments and showcases below.





Help Heroes of Ukraine

Help Heroes of Ukraine is a charity organization that seeks to provide resources for the people of Ukraine during and after the war with Russia. Their long term mission is to help individuals, families, and communities in Ukraine with food banks, clean water, shelter, access to medical care, clothing and education for those displaced by the war. 

Help Heroes of Ukraine is hosting upcoming tournaments in the Chicago suburbs and Florida. All proceeds from the event will be used for renewal of sport infrastructure and recreation centers in Ukraine. 

There is still time to sign up and they are still accepting donations