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The Fast Track, Sports and Over-Scheduled Families
Once there was a children’s world, as in Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer, where kids could do what they wanted. Playing fields were part of this world, even for parents who loved sports. But raising kids has changed; parenting has become America’s most competitive adult sport, and playing fields have become places where adults congregate to see how their children measure up in the early phases of the race to the Ivy League. (read the story...)

Feeding Your Young Athlete
If your child plays sports, whether in middle or high school, you probably have a hard time keeping your pantry stocked. Active kids eat more, or at least they should, although many parents aren't sure just what constitutes good nutrition for young athletes. It's no wonder the concept is confusing, says Sarah Short, Ph.D., Ed.D, a registered dietitian and sports nutritionist. "It's not easy to generalize," she says. Kids in early puberty and adolescence come in a stunning array of shapes, sizes, and maturity levels, and when you factor in gender differences and athletic activity, assessing your child's nutritional needs can seem overwhelming… (read the story...)

Investing in a custom-made mouth guard
High-impact sports like football and hockey have had a long association with concussions, broken jaws and knocked-out teeth. But they no longer lead the sports pack in facial trauma. "The sports with the most orafacial injuries are not football and hockey any more because mouth guards are mandatory,” says Robert Peracchia, D.D.S., assistant clinical professor at Columbia University's Department of Pediatric Dentistry. “The most injurious sports to the head, face and teeth are basketball and baseball." (read the story...)

Where to: Fish & Boat in Westchester
Westchester offers everything you need for a day of family fishing. Within the county, you’ll find small streams and ponds fit for young anglers, and larger lakes, reservoirs, and coastal fishing for more serious fishers-in-training. While this list doesn’t include every fishing area, it will help you to know where to start. (read the story...)

For 'The Perfect Game', Roots Run Deep
A quick glance around Barnes and Noble easily confirms it: Baseball appeals warmly to sophisticates. Writers like George Will and Roger Angell have repeatedly turned their attentions to the sport, examining it to death in social, economic and political terms, constantly trying to nail down its lasting fascination, and always, somehow, failing to say what's really on their minds about it — that baseball is fun. (read the story...)

Hanging Over the HudsonBAP sends two Barnard college students to trapeze school!
“You go first.” “No, you. Please, I insist.” Deciding who would take the first plunge may have been the most difficult part of our trapeze experience. But once we were up on the platform, we weren’t about to turn back. We came to Trapeze School New York (TSNY) expecting a one-of-a-kind experience — and that it was. With a few minutes of preparation, we ascended the 23-foot ladder to our jumping-off point. We weren’t about to just hang around. We were about to learn some new tricks. (read the story...)

Escape to the Thousand Islands
Scattered for about 60 miles along the river between New York and Ontario, the Thousand Islands offer vacationing families an array of activities, most of which involve water. (read the story...)

One, Two, Three Strikes Not Out
In 1866, baseball was “base ball”. Uniforms were baggy flannel, balls were handmade, and no one wore gloves; a foul ball was not a strike, and stayed in play even when hit under the bleachers. By 1898, foul balls were still not strikes, but the first baseman and catcher were entitled to wear base ball gloves. While the rules have evolved, baseball today, even with its multi-million dollar salaries and designated hitters, has retained the distinction of the hands-down national pastime. (read the story...)

Outdoor Play: Kids Do It Much Less Often
Playing — especially the outdoor type where kids run around playing tag, chase, street and ball games — is good for children and should be encouraged, child health experts say. But a national survey recently revealed a radical lifestyle difference and decline between children’s play today and that of their parents a generation ago. (read the story...)

Skating Safety 101
It's not difficult to notice that on a nice day, skates are about as numerous in Central Park as cars. Some skaters are skilled and considerate, while others (let's be delicate) are somewhat less so. And since the activity is practically a year-round one, especially dense in the spring and summer months, and since skating isn't exactly as easy as good skaters make it look, the Central Park Skate Patrol is there to supply not only the finer points, but the basics. (read the story...)

Biking: Teach Your Kids to Ride Safely
Kids love riding their bikes and it's good exercise for them. But the sad fact is, according to the National Bicycle Safety Network, children between the ages of 5-15 account for the greatest number of bicycle related injuries. You can help your child stay safe by teaching him to follow some basic safety rules of bike riding. (read the story...)

When Is Your Child Ready for. . . SPORTS?
Whether your child likes to run, jump or make a splash, there’s an athletic activity that’s right for him. Sports is not only fun, but fosters the healthy development of young bodies. (read the story...)

Gliding to Glory: Ice Skating
On a recent Tuesday evening, the ice rink at Riverbank State Park is swarming with young figure skaters dressed in matching light blue warm-up suits. (read the story...)

Soccer Dad!
Standing on the edge of a soccer field in a rugby shirt and sweats, cleats and shin guards at the ready should a ball go out of range, Dan Cherico bears little resemblance to the globe-trotting consultant he once was, brokering high-powered deals for VocalTec Communications, Ltd. (read the story...)

RE-THINKING TEAM SPORTS: Keeping Teens in the Game with a New Approach
A mother in a Larchmont sports store that caters to local young athletes’ popular team sports needed new equipment for her three children, ages 7 to 10, and suddenly felt overwhelmed. “When does all this stop?” she asked the manager, expecting his sympathy. To her surprise, he replied: “Age 12.” (read the story...)

A New Kind of Karate Hero
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How Safe is Your Child’s Playground? Many city playgrounds fail safety test
Playgrounds are children’s havens, where they can run and jump, howl and shout, and do what they do best — be children. But many of our nation’s playgrounds are unsafe and in need of repair, according to the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and U.S. Public Interest Research Group (USPIRG), in a national survey recently released. (read the story...)


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