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Tips for Preventing Injuries in Youth Sports

Injuries are common in youth sports and with practices becoming more rigorous and intense, kids are opting to participate in their sport year-round, but increases the chances of injuries without proper rest, nutrition and injury prevention. According to John Hopkins Medicine, some causes of sports injuries include improper training practices and improper warm-up or stretching practices. Here are three thoughts athletes should consider.

Why is stretching so important? According to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, maintaining flexibility is important because cold muscles are more prone to injury and it’s important to get your blood circulation flowing before a big event. Stretching can improve the ability of muscles to contract and perform. Using proper technique when training is so important because it helps protect you from injury. Each stretch should start out slowly and should not be painful and should be held for at least 20 seconds. It’s important to take your time and go through the full range of motion. Whether it’s lunges, butt kicks, arm circles or running laps, warm-up techniques are essential.

Proper technique leads to less injuries. Some common injuries from athletes include sprains, fractures, joint and muscle injuries. When training, it’s less about quantity, and more about quality. Using proper technique is essential to playing your best and preventing injuries. Make sure you’re playing with the proper equipment, balance your body weight to prevent one side from being stronger than the other and use proper footwork. As an athlete, it’s important to always ask your coach for feedback and be receptive to that feedback and prevent groupthink.

Finally, it’s important for athletes to take time and rest from practice or their previous competition. It’s important to know that muscles can be overused. Remember to stretch, hydrate to prevent any dehydration or heat exhaustion and eat within 15-60 mins after finishing to prevent any loss of nutrients. If you’re injured, it’s important to rest and not rush. Make sure that you leave yourself an adequate time to heal from previous injury. Be sure to have your injury checked out by your doctor or an athletic trainer/physical therapist. Be sure that you’re clear to practice or play by your doctor to prevent getting re-injured.

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Nutrition

The Importance of Proper Nutrition and Hydration for Young Athletes

 

Young athletes train for hours most of the week in their sport. To increase their skills, proper nutrition and hydration are an important part of their development. Having well-balanced meals before practice or a competition is important to help athletes do their best. It’s easy to forget because of the daily stress of school and that’s why it’s important to have great organizational skills and an established daily routine to pack snacks and a healthy lunch. According to Nationwide Children’s hospital, a healthy diet helps with injury prevention, strengthens the immune system, decreases muscle tiredness and soreness, muscle healing, increased energy levels and attention span. Before a practice or competition, it’s important to have a well-balanced meal 3-4 hours before and a snack 30-60 minutes before to give yourself an extra energy boost. 

 

Some examples of healthy meals include: 

  • Breakfast: scrambled eggs with feta and spinach, whole grain toast with avocado 
  • Lunch: brown rice or quinoa with healthy proteins (chicken or salmon), avocado, sweet potato and salad 
  • Dinner: whole wheat pasta with tomato sauce, chicken and vegetables 

 

Some examples of healthy snacks include: 

  • Dried fruit and granola bar 
  • Fruit (apples, bananas, strawberries) with peanut butter 
  • Yogurt with granola 
  • Turkey sandwich with avocado and tomato on whole grain bread 

 

All athletes are always told to stretch after, but what some athletes forget is that you should refuel and hydrate after your workout/practice/competition. Athletes should have a snack 15 minutes to an hour after and a meal 1-2 hours after. This is important because athletes replace lost nutrients. It’s also important to hydrate including drinking 64-80 ounces of water, 4-6 ounces of fresh juice with no added sugars and 2-3 glasses of milk per day. 

 

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Travelsports Newsletter – Ninth Edition

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Travelsports Newsletter – Ninth Edition!

 

Hey Travelsporters! 
 
With the regular season for hockey winding down and playoffs starting, be sure to check out league, state and provincial playoffs on our hockey tournaments page. Gearing up for baseball?? We’ve added over 5,000 baseball tournaments to Travelsports so be sure to check them out. Does your player play lacrosse? We’ll we’ve got you covered with a list of hundreds of lacrosse tournaments and lacrosse showcases

P.S. Be sure to share this newsletter with friends and encourage them to sign up to Travelsports! 
 
 
 

 

The Importance of Proper Nutrition and Hydration for Young Athletes 

Young athletes train for hours every week for their sport. To increase their skills, proper nutrition and hydration are an important part of their development. Having well-balanced meals before practice or a competition is important to help athletes do their best. It’s easy to forget because of the daily stress of school and that’s why it’s important to have great organizational skills and an established daily routine to pack snacks and a healthy lunch. According to Nationwide Children’s hospital, a healthy diet helps with injury prevention, strengthens the immune system, decreases muscle tiredness and soreness, muscle healing, increased energy levels and attention span. Before a practice or competition, it’s important to have a well-balanced meal 3-4 hours before and a snack 30-60 minutes before to give yourself an extra energy boost. 


Some examples of healthy meals include: 

  • Breakfast: scrambled eggs with feta and spinach and whole grain toast with avocado 
  • Lunch: brown rice or quinoa with healthy proteins (chicken or salmon), avocado, sweet potato and a small salad 
  • Dinner: whole wheat pasta with tomato sauce, chicken and vegetables 

Some examples of healthy snacks include: 

  • Dried fruit and granola bar 
  • Fruit (apples, bananas or strawberries) with peanut butter 
  • Yogurt with granola 
  • Turkey sandwich with avocado and tomato on whole grain bread

Athletes are told to stretch after, but what some forget is that you should refuel and hydrate after your workout/practice/competition. Athletes should have a snack 15 minutes to an hour after and a meal 1-2 hours after. This is important because athletes replace lost nutrients. It’s also important to hydrate including drinking 64-80 ounces of water, 4-6 ounces of fresh juice with no added sugar or 2-3 glasses of milk per day. 

 

DID YOU KNOW??

Did you know that Travelsports has launched a figure skating page? We have uploaded hundreds of clubs and rinks from the United States and Canada. We will have our tournament/competition portal launched soon. Be on the lookout!

 

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.


Hockey 



Lacrosse

 


Baseball 

 

Events for Cause 

Hockey Helps The Homeless

Hockey Helps the Homeless (HHTH) leverages Canada’s affinity for hockey to raise awareness and financial support for the homeless through education, fundraising, and by partnering with solutions-based local homeless support agencies. To ensure all homeless and at-risk Canadians have a fighting chance, HHTH hosts Pro-Am hockey tournaments across Canada where players raise funds to make a direct impact in their own community. 

HHTH is hosting upcoming tournaments in Ontario and Saskatchewan 
 
Each player receives 5 on 5 game play, personalized jersey and socks, complimentary food and beverage, silent auction, fully equipped locker room and dinner reception. Each roster is staffed with 14 amateur skaters, 1 goalie and 1 NHL Alumni/Olympian. Past attendees include Wendel Clark and Raffi Torres. 
 
There is still time to sign up and they are still accepting donations
 
Hotel Reservations 



Traveling for an upcoming tournament? Travelsports has partnered with Lucid Travel, the #1 travel management system for teams, universities, and tournament/event organizers. Rooms can be booked individually or as a group. Click the image to book an upcoming hotel reservation for your team. 
 
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Travelsports Newsletter – Eighth Edition

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Travelsports Newsletter – Eighth Edition!

 

Hey Travelsporters! 

We’ve been nose to the grindstone on growing our presence in baseball and overall business but we would really love your feedback on how we are doing.

Are there things you love … dislike? Do you want us to add additional sports and, if so, which one(s)? Are there additional features or functionalities that you’d like us to add? We would really appreciate it if you could click on the following link and add your feedback. Takes less than 30 seconds. Thanks! 

P.S. Be sure to share this newsletter with friends and encourage them to sign up to Travelsports

 

DID YOU KNOW??

 
Travelsports has created a list of places to check out during your breaks in tournaments on the individual tournament page on Travelsports. Whether it’s a team bonding event at a bowling alley, climbing wall, driving range or miniature golf, Travelsports has created the largest list of places for you to check out during tournament downtime. 
 
 
Going to a Tournament soon? 

Tournament weekends make for lifelong memories. Looking to make your team stand out at your next tournament? Check out Tourney Experience for customized team swag packages. Whether you’re a team manager or a parent, we know your time is valuable. We can help to simplify your tournament experience. Available for all sports!
 
 
Tips for Preventing Sports Injuries

Injuries are common in youth sports and with practices becoming more rigorous and intense, kids are opting to participate in their sport year-round, but it increases the chances of injuries without proper rest, nutrition and injury prevention. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, some causes of sports injuries include improper training practices and improper warm-up or stretching practices. Here are three thoughts athletes should consider. 

Why is stretching so important? According to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, maintaining flexibility is important because cold muscles are more prone to injury and it’s important to get your blood circulation flowing before a big event. Stretching can improve the ability of muscles to contract and perform. Using proper technique when training is so important because it helps protect you from injury. Each stretch should start out slowly, should not be painful and be held for at least 20 seconds. It’s important to take your time and go through the full range of motion. Whether it’s lunges, butt kicks, arm circles or running laps, warm-up techniques are essential. 

Proper technique leads to less injuries. Some common injuries from athletes include sprains, fractures, joint and muscle injuries. When training, it’s less about quantity and more about quality. Using proper technique is essential to playing your best and preventing injuries. Make sure you’re playing with the proper equipment, balance your body weight to prevent one side from being stronger than the other and use proper footwork. As an athletes, always remember to ask your coach for feedback, be receptive to that feedback and prevent groupthink. 

Finally, it’s important for athletes to take time and rest from their practice or competition. Muscles can be overused and remember to stretch, hydrate to prevent any dehydration or heat exhaustion and eat within 15-60 mins after finishing to prevent any loss of nutrients. If you’re injured, it’s important to rest and not rush. Make sure that you leave yourself an adequate time to heal from previous injury. Be sure to have your injury checked out by your doctor or physical therapist. Be sure that you’re clear to practice or play by your doctor to prevent getting re-injured.

 

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.


Hockey 




Lacrosse

 


Baseball 

 

Events for Cause

Pucks for Autism

Pucks for Autism runs hockey events to raise awareness and support those with autism. All of the proceeds from their events go towards programs that benefit children and young adults on the autism spectrum.

Check out their upcoming Pucks for Autism Tournament, happening in the Chicago suburbs in June. 
 
 
Looking to highlight a cause-based event in one of our newsletters? Please email to info@travelsports and include a brief description of the event, the cause the money is being raised for, an image and website link.
 
 
Hotel Reservations 

 
Traveling for an upcoming tournament? Did you know that Travelsports has partnered with Lucid Travel for a hotel page? Lucid Travel is the #1 travel management system for teams, universities, and tournament/event organizers. Rooms can be booked individually or as a group. Click on the image to book an upcoming hotel reservation for your team on our website. 

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Travelsports Newsletter – Seventh Edition

Travelsports Newsletter – Eighth Edition!

Winter Sports to Spring Sports


It’s hard to think about, but spring sports are just around the corner. If your player is playing Baseball or Lacrosse, Travelsports has you covered when you are searching for clinics, showcases and tournaments. Still playing Hockey in the Spring ….? We’ve got hundreds of clinics, showcases and tournaments listed! 

P.S. Be sure to share this newsletter with friends and encourage them to sign up to Travelsports
 
 


Happy New Year to all athletes. It’s time for a new journey. Have any New Year’s resolutions for your sport and training regimen? According to Kelsey Erwin of NBC SportsEngine, here are five suggested New Year’s resolutions for youth athletes. 

  • Set smart goals for the year 
  • Focus on nutrition and hydration 
  • Practice good sportsmanship 
  • Prioritize your mental health 
  • Try new sports 
 
 
 
 
Travelsports has just launched our online marketplace focusing on helping consumers find and buy sports related gifts and swag from small businesses who are makers of unique and creative products. Add your store by 1/31/23, to receive up to 6 months of a free listing on Travelsports. 
 
 
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.

Hockey 

Lacrosse 

Baseball 
  • Tucson Classic – National Championship Sports (NCS) Baseball – Tucson, AZ – Jan 27-28 
  • NCS Super Bowl Classic – National Championship Sports (NCS) Baseball – Granada Hills, CA – Feb. 10 
  • Super Select – Bullpen Tournaments – Westfield, IN – May 5-7 
  • NCS Southeast Future Stars – National Championship Sports (NCS) Baseball – Albertville, AL – July 28-30
 Did You Know?



Traveling for an upcoming tournament? Did you know that Travelsports has partnered with Lucid Travel for a hotel page? Lucid Travel is the #1 travel management system for teams, universities, and tournament/event organizers. Rooms can be booked individually or as a group. Click below to book an upcoming hotel reservation for your team on our website. 

 
Events for Cause 
Northern Roots Hockey 

Northern Roots Hockey is a family owned and operated organization based out of New York City. Northern Roots seeks to empower hockey players globally increasing their physical ability and unlocking their leadership potential to help individuals achieve greatness. 

Northern Roots hosts an annual Pond Hockey Charity Classic to support the iRise Above Foundation, a foundation that provides support for young women diagnosed with breast cancer. The tournament is 4v4 and hosts 8 teams maximum, with 6-9 players per team. The registration fee also includes lunch, a team jersey and a registration bag filled with awesome giveaways including photos with former NHL players. Some past attendees include retired NHL players Peter Bondra and Ed Belfour. 

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


 

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Travelsports Newsletter – Sixth Edition

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Travelsports Newsletter – Sixth Edition!

 

Happy New Year

 

Happy New Year from your friends at Travelsports!  
We are excited for the new year and hope you and your family have a great 2023! 

Headed out to a tournament this weekend? You are not alone! There are over 200 tournaments happening in the US & Canada this weekend. Be sure to check out what to do (mini-golf, bowling, etc.) with your team when you are not playing games by clicking on your tournament page and scrolling down to the “What to Do” section of the page. 

P.S. Be sure to share this newsletter with friends and encourage them to sign up to Travelsports
 
 
Travelsports has just launched our online marketplace focusing on helping consumers find and buy sports related gifts and swag from small businesses who are makers of unique and creative products. Add your store by 1/31/23, to receive up to 6 months of a free listing on Travelsports. 
 
 
 
Going to a Tournament soon? 
Tournament weekends make for lifelong memories. Looking to make your team stand out at your next tournament? Check out Tourney Experience for customized team swag packages. Whether you’re a team manager or a parent, we know your time is valuable. We can help to simplify your tournament experience. Available for all sports!
 
 
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.

Hockey 

Lacrosse 

Baseball 
  • The Show – Empire Sporting Events – Las Vegas, NV – Jan 28-29
  • BPA Super Slam – Baseball Players Association – Ocean Springs, MS – March 25-26
  • Swing into Spring – Gametime Tournaments – St. Peters, MO – April 14-15
  • Flash of Leather – Seminole Sports Tournaments – Pleasant Prairie, WI – July 12-15 

 

Did You Know?

You can favorite your club, facility, tournament, league, clinic, etc. by clicking on the heart shape next to the business, which will create a fast link (time saver) underneath the sport club, facility, tournament, league, clinic page. 

Sports Academies

For teenagers with Olympic or NCAA athletic dreams, a growing breed of sports-focused high schools are offering the flexibility to place major emphasis on physical training and practice while continuing to pursue academics. These facilities, often called sports academies, differ substantially, with some offering higher quality academics than others, says Karen Gross, a former college president and parent to a ski academy graduate. They include boarding schools that integrate training into the daily routine; day schools that focus on sports; hybrid schools that blend physical and digital education; and online-only platforms.

IMG Academy, a top academy in Florida, is the world’s leading sports education brand that provides top level training and education for student-athletes. With a 600-acre campus, IMG has more than 1,200 student-athletes in grades 6-12 and post-graduates from 49 U.S. states and more than 60 countries. Between 2018 and 2020, 44% of IMG students went to a university with NCAA Division I athletics, Pernetti says, and 92% overall attended college. IMG says it has produced more NFL players on 2021 kickoff weekend rosters than any other U.S. high school.

Looking to learn more about sports academies, check out the U.S. News report on “Finding the Best Private High Schools for Sports

 

Events for Cause 

Hockey Helps the Homeless

Hockey Helps the Homeless (HHTH) leverages Canada’s affinity for hockey to raise awareness and financial support for the homeless through education, fundraising, and by partnering with solutions-based local homeless support agencies. 

HHTH believes that every Canadian should have a safe place to call home and the support that they need to thrive. To ensure all homeless and at-risk Canadians have a fighting chance, HHTH hosts Pro-Am hockey tournaments across Canada where players raise funds to make a direct impact in their own community. 

Click Here to View Upcoming HHTH Tournaments
 
Looking to highlight a cause-based event in one of our newsletters? Please email to info@travelsports and include a brief description of the event, the cause the money is being raised for, an image and website link.
 
 

Traveling for an upcoming tournament or showcase? Click below to book a hotel through our partner Lucid Travel. 
 
 
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Travelsports Newsletter – Fifth Edition

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Travelsports Newsletter – Fifth Edition!

 

Happy Holidays from Travelsports


Seasons greetings from your friends at Travelsports and best wishes for a happy, healthy, and joyous holiday season!  



P.S. Be sure to share this newsletter with friends and encourage them to sign up to Travelsports

 
Travelsports Marketplace

Travelsports has just launched our online sports marketplace focusing on helping consumers find and buy sports related gifts and swag from small businesses who are makers of unique and creative products. Add your store by 1/31/23, to receive up to 6 months of a free listing on Travelsports. 

Did You Know? 

Did you know that Travelsports has a Champions page for hockey? Is your club a recent champion? 

Here’s a list of hockey clubs with the most championships this season.


Make sure to upload your club’s recent championships to your team’s Travelsports page!

 

The Ross K. MacNeill Foundation 
The Ross K. MacNeill Foundation, named in memory of Ross K. MacNeill, raises money for pediatric brain cancer research since 2014. Ross lost his life in 2013 to brain cancer at 11 years old. He played hockey for the Admirals in Glen Ellyn, IL and loved everything about it. Since the beginning, the foundation started with a 3v3 hockey tournament. Since 2014, the foundation has hosted annual tournaments. 
 
The Foundation (R33M) devotes 100% of its efforts towards raising awareness and inspiring donations to invest in innovative research that will develop new treatments to fight and ultimately end pediatric brain cancer. The foundation is hosting three tournaments next year and 100% of donations from the tournaments going to the foundation and its mission to end pediatric brain cancer. 
 
This is still time to sign up! Registration links provided below. 
 
Adult Pond Hockey Tough Tournament – January 28th – Wheaton, IL 
 
Youth 3v3 Tough Tournament – March 11th – St. Louis, MO 
 
Youth 3v3 Tough Tournament – August 5th – Chicago, IL 
 
Looking to highlight a cause-based event in one of our newsletters? Please email to info@travelsports and include a brief description of the event, the cause the money is being raised for, an image and website link.
 
 
Interested in upcoming clinics, showcases and tournaments for baseball, lacrosse or hockey? Check out our list of trending upcoming tournaments and showcases below
 
 

 
 


 

YOUTH HOCKEY SEASON – Goalie Helmets

Happy Holidays! Looking for a last minute gift? 

The 2022 youth hockey season is well underway. Being a goaltender is a challenging task and is the most difficult position to excel in. Goalies save plays for teammates, accelerate plays and increase chances of winning. 

Having the right helmet is important for a goalie. If you’re looking for a new goalie helmet, check out Pure Hockey’s selection below.  

If you purchase a product linked from this email, we may receive a commission.

 
Bauer Profile 940 Certified Goalie Mask – Senior 
 
The Bauer 940 Goal Mask from Pure Hockey features 
 
  • Higher end shell equipped with new elite level fiber 
  • Better fit design and small sizing to fit all goalies properly 
  • More comfort and performance upgrades including a new stretch spandex chin cup with new vision wire and backplate 

 

Hotel Reservations 

Traveling for an upcoming tournament or showcase? Looking to book a large group or entire team? Click below to book hotel room(s) through our partner Lucid Travel. 

 

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Travelsports Newsletter – Fourth Edition

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Travelsports Newsletter – Fourth Edition!

 

Hi Travelsporters! 

We will be launching an online shopping marketplace, where small businesses and creators will be able to list their sports related products and hand/homemade items. More to follow. 

Chris
Founder, Travelsports


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Pre Game Routines


Do you ever feel nervous before a big game? Anxious, difficulty focusing or lacking confidence? 

According to Patrick Cohn of Peak Performance Sports, top athletes utilize a pre-competition or pre game routine that helps reduce distractions, minimize anxiety and allows them to slowly narrow their focus. 

If you’re not focused on your warm-up routine, distractions, past performances and noisy spectators create anxiety and doubt in your ability. 

Interested in reading more about how college athletes prepare for a big game, check it out here
 
Brrr. It’s starting to get cold out there… but perfect for some good old Pond Hockey!

 

YOUTH HOCKEY SEASON – Goalie Sticks

The 2022 youth hockey season is well underway. Being a goaltender is a challenging task and is the most difficult position to excel in. Goalies save plays for teammates, accelerate plays and increase chances of winning. 

Having the right stick is important for a goalie. If you’re looking for a new goalie stick, check out Pure Hockey’s selection below.  

If you purchase a product linked from this email, we may receive a commission.

 

 

Bauer Vapor 3X Composite Goalie Stick – Senior 

The Bauer Vapor 3X Composite Senior Goalie Stick from Pure Hockey is designed with an arch paddle construction, shorter shaft and P31 round pattern for better puck control. The Vapor 3X features an ExpandCel core for lighter weight. The Vapor 3X comes in black or silver and paddle length between 25.0-27.0 in. 

Minor Hockey Memories: Terry Ryan 

Elite Level Hockey recently asked a number of former professional players to reminisce about their favorite youth hockey memories, and to discuss what they would change about today’s youth hockey culture. 

Terry Ryan was the Montreal Canadiens’ first-round pick and the eighth overall selection at the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. 

A native of Mount Pearl, Newfoundland, Ryan represented Canada at the ISBHF ball hockey tournament and has been a part of teams that captured both world and national championships. 

CLICK TO READ MORE ON ELITELEVELHOCKEY.COM!
 

Going to a Tournament soon? 

Tournament weekends make for lifelong memories. Looking to make your team stand out at your next tournament? Check out Tourney Experience for customized team swag packages. Whether you’re a team manager or a parent, we know your time is valuable. We can help to simplify your tournament experience. Available for all sports! 
 
Did You Know? 

Travelsports has created a hockey section called Champions, whereby Clubs, Parents, Tournament Operators, etc. can let everyone know which team(s) have won their tournament. We’ll be adding a similar section to Baseball and Lacrosse by spring.
 
Keep Calm and LAX On 

Interested in upcoming lacrosse clinics and showcases? Check out our list below. 

 

Events for Cause 

Buckets Over Bullying 
  • 81% of students believe bullying is easier to get away with online 
  • 37% of students feel they’ve been cyberbullied in their lifetime 
  • 15% percent of students to someone that they were cyberbullied 

Buckets over Bullying is a non-profit initiative officially launched in October 2022 to educate and advocate an end to cyberbullying by educating on the negative effects it has on youth and families as it continues to increase in society.

Their work is to prevent what happened to 15-year-old Nate Bronstein.

Over 500+ Chicago-area parents and teens joined the Social Media Safety rally in November to learn about social media-related dangers.

Please click learn more and take the pledge to end cyberbullying. 
 
 
Looking to highlight a cause-based event in one of our newsletters? Please email to info@travelsports and include a brief description of the event, the cause the money is being raised for, an image and website link.
 
 
Hotel Reservations

Traveling for an upcoming tournament or showcase? Click here to book a hotel through our partner Lucid Travel. 
 
Play Ball 

Even though winter is coming, it’s time to look ahead to 2023. Check out our list of upcoming baseball tournaments! 

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Travelsports Weekly Newsletter – Third Edition

Hi Travelsporters! 

For our newest issue, we are rolling a new section dedicated to cause-based sports events. At Travelsports, we want to highlight those events that are dedicated to raising awareness and donations for non-profit causes. Whether they are important to your local community or are global in nature, highlighting these events will become a part of what we do. Please see our Events for Cause section to learn more about how we can highlight your event. 

Chris
Founder, Travelsports


P.S. Be sure to share this newsletter with friends and encourage them to sign up to Travelsports

 

Fitness 

When a young athlete takes an interest in a sport, parents are eager to rapidly build up their development. According to Memorial Hermann, strength and conditioning is important to help improve agility, motor control and overall ability to perform. It’s important for young athletes to receive proper instruction from those who understand technique and proper form. It’s important for coaches and training staff to create proper training regimens to prevent any burnout or injury. Here are some important exercises to help increase muscle mass. 
  • Push-ups
  • Suspension training – pull-ups with TRX
  • Step ups  
  • Lunges and squats – with or without weights
Interested in reading more? Click the title
 
 

DID YOU KNOW?

Whether you have an early morning game and don’t want to get up at the crack of dawn to drive to …. or your tournament’s hotels are booked, Travelsports has you covered with a list of hotels focused on sports teams. If you are looking for a specific date or location, Travelsports has partnered with Lucid Travel to help you and your team find the best spot.
 

YOUTH HOCKEY SEASON – Helmets

The 2022 youth hockey season is well underway. Whether it’s a helmet with or without a face shield… it can be difficult to find the right helmet for comfort, fit and protection. When purchasing a helmet, it’s important to find a helmet with the right padding. 

Helmets are important for the safety of players to prevent head or face injuries, contact with the boards, collisions, falls and flying pucks. If you’re looking for new helmets, check out Pure Hockey’s selection below.  

If you purchase a product linked from this email, we may receive a commission.

 

Bauer 5100 Hockey Helmet Combo II 

 
The Bauer 5100 Hockey Helmet Combo II from Pure Hockey is designed for a comfortable interior feel. The 5100 fits wider than the Bauer 4500 and is equipped with the same sub-shell as the 9900. The 5100 is equipped with HX-sorb/Comfort Foam internal padding and a triple-density liner material. The 5100 is also equipped quick clip adjustments to find the right fit.
 

Hockey Players Turning to Figure Skating Training 

There is more to hockey then having the ability to score from the hashmarks like Auston Matthews or go to one-on-five like Connor McDavid. Possessing advanced skating techniques is a big advantage when it come to playing hockey. 

Now, teams and players from house league all the way up to NHL are building these skills through figure skating techniques taught by former figure skaters. 

CLICK TO READ MORE ON ELITELEVELHOCKEY.COM!

 

Keep Calm and LAX On 
Interested in upcoming lacrosse clinics and showcases? Check out the list below. 


Chicago Box Lacrosse Challenge – US LAX Events – Naperville, IL – December 3-4, 2022

Badgerland Box Invitational – Bearpaw Lacrosse Events – Milwaukee, WI – December 10-11, 2022 

Club World Championships – My Lacrosse Tournaments – Austin, TX – Dec 30, 2022 – Jan 1, 2023 

Battle at the Barn Box Lacrosse Tournament – Bearpaw Lacrosse Events – Fort Wayne, IN – Jan 7-8, 2023 

All Elite Lacrosse Tournament – Achieve Lacrosse – Marlborough, MA – Jan 15th, 2023 
 
 
Events for Cause 

Looking to highlight a cause based event in one of our newsletters? Please email to info@travelsports and include a brief description of the event and the cause the money is being raised for, an image and website link. 
 
Sled Hockey Charity Event – New Trier vs. Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Blackhawks

Chicago-Area New Trier High School Hockey hosted a fundraising event to benefit the 4 time NHL Sled Hockey Champions, the AbilityLab Blackhawks, and beloved New Trier senior Clay Scherb, brother of Cole, a New Trier hockey player. 

Clay experienced a life-changing spinal cord injury in August, which necessitates intense rehabilitation. His care is being provided by the amazing team at Shirley Ryan. His condition is requiring extraordinary expenses for medical care, equipment, home modifications and lifestyle changes.

All proceeds from the game went to the Scherb family during this extremely difficult time and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s Adaptive Sports Program, which offers over 20 different sports and fitness programs to youth and adults with physical disabilities. All equipment, facilities and coaching are donation based so there is no cost to the athlete.

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Top Hockey Academies Across Canada

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Northern Alberta Xtreme

Location: Edmonton
Head Coach: Jason Stewart

About The Program: The Northern Alberta Xtreme (NAX) was launched in 2013 by Jason Stewart. Initially, the program consisted of just one team, the Female Midget Preps. But as the program began to expand, more teams were added to meet the demands at each level. In 2015, the Elite 15s team was added, winning the league title in their first season. The following season would see the launch of the Male Midget Prep team, while the Female Midget Preps would join them in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL). In 2017-18, the Male Bantam Prep team was added, bringing the program to its current status of four teams competing in the CSSHL.

Notable Alumni: Luke Prokop, Michael Benning, Carter Savoie, Ethan Edwards, Connor McClennon.

For More Information: https://www.naxhockey.com/

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Calgary Edge

Location: Calgary
Head Coach: James Poole

About The Program: Founded in 1999, the Edge School offers training in dance, golf, hockey, soccer, figure skating, basketball, and a flex program for students who would like to pursue a sport other than those currently offered. Edge follows a three-sphere philosophy – academics, athletics and character development of students – which aims to prepare students for either post secondary education or a career in their chosen sport.

Notable Alumni: Tyler Myers, Matt Dumba, Taro Hirose, Thomas Hickey, Jake Bean.

For More Information: https://edgeschool.com/

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Okanagan Hockey Academy

Main Location: Penticton, B.C.
Head Coach: Craig Bedard

About The Program: The Okanagan Hockey Group was founded by Larry Lund in 1963. The primary focus of the Okanagan Hockey Academy is to promote the long-term development of each of their athletes in the classroom, on the ice, and in the community. Putting young, motivated people in a structured environment, surrounded by a world class staff and support system, they believe allows them to deliver a consistent message and value system. They hold their student athletes accountable on their efforts, attention to detail, and above all their attitude. The Okanagan Hockey Group has expanded its reach in recent years, opening Academies in Edmonton and Whitby, Ont.

Notable Alumni: Curtis Lazar, Joe Hicketts, Michael Rasmussen.

For More Information: https://www.okanaganhockey.com/

Rink Hockey Academy

Location: Winnipeg/Kelowna, B.C.
Head Coach: Rob Smith (Winnipeg)/Shae Naka (Kelowna)

About The Program: Offering programs in both Winnipeg and Kelowna, the Rink Hockey Academy provides competition for four teams – U15 Prep, U16 Prep, U18 Prep and U18 Female Prep, all of which compete in the CSSHL. The RHA student-athletes’ school day will be modified to allow maximum time for school and training needs. The teams will travel and compete mostly outside the province at the highest levels on both sides of the border during the full school year. School-board appointed team liaisons ensure players meet minimum standards and academic readiness for post secondary applications and career choices.

Notable Alumni: Justin Schultz, Seth Jarvis, Matthew Thiessen.

For More Information: https://www.rinkhockeyacademy.ca/

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Burnaby Winter Club

Location: Burnaby, B.C.
Head Coach: Mike Santorelli

About The Program: The Burnaby Winter Club (BWC) was founded on May 29, 1956 as the Burnaby Curling Club and incorporated under the Societies Act of the Province of British Columbia. On April 18, 1958 the Club changed its name to reflect the multi-sport dynamics of the activities at the time. It became the Burnaby Winter Club and its constitution was amended to include hockey and figure skating. Over more recent years, with the success of the Vancouver Canucks, hockey has become the predominant sport at the club.

Notable Alumni: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Mat Barzal, Karl Alzner, Jack McIlhargey, Cliff Ronning, Paul Kariya, Chris Joseph, Glenn Anderson.

For More Information: https://www.burnabywinterclub.com/

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