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Baseball Books for Kids Aged 8-12

By Sean Wilson 03/28/2020, 8:00am CDT

Reading List for Kids Aged 8-12

This reading list contains 12 hand picked books.  Clicking the title will take you to book details on Amazon.  Happy Reading!

Baseball: Then to WOW! (Sports Illustrated Kids Then to WOW!) Hardcover – April 5, 2016
by The Editors of Sports Illustrated Kids (Author)

Able to Play: Overcoming Physical Challenges (Good Sports) Paperback – April 3, 2012
by Glenn Stout 

The Hero Two Doors Down: Based on the True Story of Friendship Between a Boy and a Baseball Legend Paperback – August 29, 2017
by Sharon Robinson 

The Prince of Fenway Park Kindle Edition
by Julianna Baggott 

New Kid Kindle Edition
by Tim Green

Brooklyn Bat Boy: A Story of the 1947 Season that Changed Baseball Forever Paperback – March 26, 2016
by Geoff Griffin

Mudville Paperback – March 9, 2010
by Kurtis Scaletta

The Toilet Paper Tigers Library Binding – August 1, 1993
by Gordon Korman

Diamond Life: Baseball Sights, Sounds, and Swings Hardcover – March 1, 2004
by Charles Smith 

Full Count: Top 10 Lists of Everything in Baseball (Sports Illustrated Kids Top 10 Lists) Hardcover – September 18, 2012
by The Editors of Sports Illustrated Kids

Baseball History for Kids: America at Bat from 1900 to Today, with 19 Activities (For Kids series) Paperback – March 1, 2016
by Richard Panchyk

The Comic Book Story of Baseball: The Heroes, Hustlers, and History-Making Swings (and Misses) of America's National Pastime Paperback – May 8, 2018
by Alex Irvine (Author), Tomm Coker (Illustrator), C.P. Smith (Illustrator)

TSKC Video Series "Batting Stance"

By Sean Wilson 03/27/2020, 8:00am CDT

Line Drive Hitting Program Video Series "Batting Stance"

Teamwork Sports 2020

https://youtu.be/AixgxgnsFeY

Click the URL above to open video  in YouTube

TSKC #StayHomeKC Initiatives

By Sean Wilson 03/24/2020, 8:00am CDT

TSKC Home Activities and Workouts

#StayHomeKC Update & Three TSKC Initiatives.

Our facility is closed through at least April 24.  We are hopeful for at least a limited activity re-opening April 24-26 and will keep everyone posted as the date nears.

Kansas City Parks & Recreation has closed all fields to team practices until at least May 15.  We are hopeful to resume outdoor team practices May 15-17 and will keep everyone posted as the date nears.

I am optimistic that league and tournament games will be played and the 2020 season will not be lost.  Kansas City 3&2 Baseball, NKCA, Blue Valley Parks & Rec, The J, USSSA, and ASA have all stated that they anticipate playing a 2020 league and tournament season with games likely to start no earlier than late May or early June and possibly running through the end of July.  We will keep everyone posted on a league by league basis as information is available.

In the meantime, we are announcing three initiatives for our players and players' families to help us through this #StayHomeKC period of time. 

Social Media Images - on a weekly basis, we will reach out and ask players and parents to send us their favorite pictures of players on the field from seasons past.  Each week will have a different theme to ensure we are able to remember the best of our past experiences.  We will post these to the team SportsEngine pages and our social media Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.  We believe it is important to keep the sense of community going through this time and images of boys and girls playing in the past will remind us that fun times remain ahead of us on the fields yet this season.

Team Virtual Practices - on a team by team basis, we will work with Head Coaches to schedule and execute virtual practices utilizing technology for the team to get together classroom style a few times through this time period.  Younger teams will likely simply view some fun baseball/softball clips and have an opportunity to talk to each other about baseball/softball as a team.  Older teams may evolve into a little more coaching with some drills that can be done in front of the computer for coaches to evaluate and/or homework drills than can be done offline.  High School teams will likely evolve even further into some classroom situational discussions to take the place of on field practice time that will be cut short this year.  We believe it is important to keep the sense of team going through this time and virtual workouts will enable our coaches to stay engaged with the team as a group.

Online Video Series - we have been working with coaches within the program to shoot short videos that will be posted to YouTube, SportsEngine, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  This series of videos are designed to help players workout at home with a parent or sibling.  The initial series of videos will focus on the basic fundamentals of hitting, fielding, and throwing.  A follow-up series of videos will be produced for pitchers and catchers.  We know there are hundreds of how to videos already available but feel it is important for our players to see our coaches in our uniforms to help motivate players to spend an appropriate amount of time each week working on their fundamentals from home.

We will  continue to provide updates  through SportsEngine, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  Thank You for your support of our small business through this uncertain time in our community's history.

Facility Restricted Access Update 3/23/20

By Sean Wilson 03/23/2020, 4:00pm CDT

Facility Closed 3/23/20 - 4/24/20

In alignment with with City of Kansas City guidelines, Teamwork Sports has closed the entire Indoor Practice Facility and Pro-Shop Lobby.  The current target date to potentially re-open the facility on a limited basis is April 24, 2020.

We will  provide updates as needed through SportsEngine, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  Thank You for your support of our small business through this uncertain time in our community's history.

Keeping Kids Active and Healthy During Quarantine

By SportsEngine TrueSport Staff 03/22/2020, 4:00pm CDT

Parent Information

https://preview.sportsengine.com/article/keeping-kids-active-and-healthy-during-quarantine

In these uncertain times, parents of student-athletes are tasked not just with keeping kids safe and educated, but also with taking care of their physical and mental wellness. For coaches, this time is a crossroads: You can either leave athletes to their own devices, or you can help them prepare to come back stronger than ever when the time comes.

Whether you’re a coach or a parent, keeping kids active and healthy is of the utmost importance during stressful and confined circumstances, especially when athletes are used to full school and training schedules. Here are some ways to keep your young athletes healthy and happy during quarantine.

In these uncertain times, parents of student-athletes are tasked not just with keeping kids safe and educated, but also with taking care of their physical and mental wellness. For coaches, this time is a crossroads: You can either leave athletes to their own devices, or you can help them prepare to come back stronger than ever when the time comes.

Whether you’re a coach or a parent, keeping kids active and healthy is of the utmost importance during stressful and confined circumstances, especially when athletes are used to full school and training schedules. Here are some ways to keep your young athletes healthy and happy during quarantine.

Talk to your athletes

Whether you get on a Google Hangout, Zoom conference call, or just a group email chain, staying in touch with your athletes is important in situations like this. Coaches have an opportunity to be true leaders by keeping athletes’ sense of connection, morale, and self-identity high. A weekly team meeting is a good place to start.

Another way to create healthy connection is by starting a “leaderboard” in Google Sheets for the players to record drills they’ve done, mobility exercises accomplished, minutes spent meditating, and any other healthy activities that you assign.

Thomas Cooke, a soccer and Nordic skiing coach in Park City, Utah, says that his team has started a Google Sheets leaderboard and “challenged every player to get 2,000+ touches a day, with a breakdown of individual drills and games.” He adds that the key is to keep it fun and game-like.

Parents and coaches can stay in touch too! Parents, ask coaches for specific drills and suggestions where applicable, and coaches, consider sending a list of specific recommendations to parents.

Be empathetic

These are emotionally trying times, as sports and events are canceled that athletes have been working toward and looking forward to for months or even years.

“Above all else, it is prudent for parents to show empathy,” says Nadia Kyba, MSW, TrueSport Expert, and President of Now What Facilitation. “This means trying to make a connection to the emotions that your youth athletes are feeling. If you are a parent, think of a time that you have felt a similar emotion and go there.”

While you’ve never experienced this exact situation, you’ve surely experienced a time when an event you were looking forward to was canceled, as well as times of turmoil and uncertainty. Share those experiences with your athlete now, whether you’re a parent or a coach. 

Encourage your athletes to stay in touch with teammates

Teamwork and a team culture aren’t things that just happen on the field: They should be nurtured throughout the year, and now more than ever, athletes need their communities. FaceTime allows up to 31 users in a shared session, and apps like Google Hangouts and Zoom have free options for athletes to stay in touch as well.

TrueSport Expert Kevin Chapman, a licensed clinical psychologist and founder of the

Kentucky Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, notes that at times like these, contact with teammates is essential for mental wellness. “Try to utilize technology as much as possible. Make sure your athlete is staying in touch with teammates and maybe doing some workouts together virtually,” he recommends.

Keep them moving inside

When kids are inside most of the day, a sedentary lifestyle becomes a problem. But research has shown that just 30 minutes of any type of movement per day can help mitigate the effects of sitting most of the day. That could mean 10 minutes of yoga in the morning, plyometrics in the yard in the afternoon, a session on a stationary bike or any other aerobic equipment, or even some deep cleaning of the basement, attic, or garage.

Work on mental skills

Between practices, games, and workouts, it’s normally rare for coaches to have the chance to focus on mental skills with athletes. Use this as a chance to revisit some of the mental aspects of sport, from visualization drills to reviewing old footage of games to establishing meditation practices.

“Practicing visualization has been shown to be a powerful tool, but most coaches don’t utilize it with younger athletes,” Chapman says. “This is a great chance to work on that mental strategy.” He’s also a fan of the Headspace app for learning how to meditate and recommends it to athletes regularly.

Find some online resources for your athletes

Right now, there are thousands of free videos for yoga, mobility, strength, and even sport-specific skill building that can be done at home with minimal equipment. Cooke notes that his soccer players are using videos for “1-player, 1-ball” drills that can be done inside in very tight spaces. There are also plenty of homebound experts, from sports psychologists to registered dietitians, who would be happy to host video chat information sessions or question-and-answer sessions for students.

Give athletes “healthy living” and “continuing ed” assignments

It’s easy in times like this to allow your student-athletes to retreat to their computers or couches to binge-watch TV, but you can help your athlete make the most of this extra screen time. This may mean finding healthy recipes online, or even doing some long-term athlete development by reading books about training and their specific sport.

“Donovan Mitchell, who plays for the Utah Jazz and was diagnosed with COVID-19, is passing time streaming games and playing with teammates, but he’s also going back and watching his own highlights and watching his progression to learn from that,” Chapman adds.

Limit COVID-19 screen time

“It’s so important to limit how much screen time athletes have as it relates to COVID-19,” says Chapman. “It’s easy to spend hours and hours reading social media and news coverage about it, but that’s going to increase anxiety. Kids can stay informed, of course, but shouldn’t be spending the entire day online.”

And while it may be difficult right now to cut back on screen time in general, studies suggest that more than two hours of screen time can be detrimental to a child’s development, so find a healthy limit.

Keep them moving outside

Depending on where you live, there may be regulations around getting outside for exercise. If there aren’t, make sure that your athlete spends time in nature running, hiking, cycling, or walking.

Kids can also practice sport-specific drills in the backyard, or even step back from a specific sport by playing fun games like croquet, darts, volleyball, and badminton. A vigorous game of badminton or volleyball helps develop footwork and object control that can support skill development in a variety of other sports, explains Michele LaBotz, TrueSport Expert and sports medicine specialist.

Establish routines

Bedtime may not seem as important when there’s no school to wake up for in the morning, but continuing with a regular routine will be better for your athlete’s health.  “It’s important to maintain a routine and set a schedule every day,” says Kyba. “Kids thrive under these conditions. For athletes in particular, routine is their normal. The worst thing that can happen is to let days slide by, leaving kids on their phones and without goals to work toward.”

TrueSport Expert Kristen Ziesmer, a registered dietitian and board-certified specialist in sports dietetics, suggests having your kids help with simple kitchen chores like doing the dishes, cutting up fruits and vegetables, washing produce, putting dishes away, planning out meals and shopping lists, and helping to prepare breakfast, lunch, and snacks.

Avoid boredom snacking

With lots of free time, everyone is tempted to fill the void with food, even when they aren’t hungry or the food isn’t healthy. To prevent boredom snacking, Ziesmer recommends that kids:

  1. Ask themselves if they would eat celery or a less desirable food. If the answer is no, then they should leave the kitchen empty-handed.
  2. Assess hunger with a 1-10 scale. On the scale, 1= hangry, 3= hungry/ready to eat, 5= satisfied, 7= full, 10= way overfull. If you’re above a 4, then you need to find something else to do.
  3. Do an activity that requires hands and concentration, such as art, knitting, or building something.

Parents should also limit the amount of junk food in the house and the amount of TV binging, which is when mindless eating often occurs.

Catch up on sleep

In October 2019, the American Academy of Pediatrics released research showing that nearly half of children in the U.S. aren’t getting enough sleep. The researchers noted that a chronic lack of sleep for adolescents is associated with “physical and mental health consequences, including increased risk of depression and obesity and negative effects on mood, attention, and academic performance.” Use this time to allow your athlete to catch up on sleep and establish healthier habits now.

Takeaway

While this is a time of uncertainty and tough circumstances, there are still many ways to care for your athlete’s physical and mental wellness, and there are even some new opportunities to take advantage of during these less structured times. Remember to also help your athletes take a few moments throughout the day to be mindful of what’s happening in the moment and to take note of the things they can be grateful for.

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