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We love sports and you should too!

19 Oct

Happy Monday Folks,

today we are going to learn a little tidbit from the Mayo Clinic.  If you are a new parent or a frustrated parent because you don’t know how to find the right sport that will interest your child, then the below link is probably going to be very useful in helping you navigate the world of sports and which one peaks your child’s interest most.  As we have said time and time again, sports are so important for children on so many different levels.  Check it out and let us know what you think!  We always love hearing feedback!  Also, parents that have been through this with your own children, feel free to leave constructive comments for others out there trying to figure this out.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/childrens-health/in-depth/fitness/art-20048027

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Fall Family Fun in Atlanta!

13 Oct

Hi there AtL-iens,

if you are looking for something fun to do with the kiddos, you’ve come to the right spot.  Halloween is just around the corner and who needs more than one excuse to dress up during the month of October?  Garb your children in their favorite spooky costume and head over to the Haunted Hall of Fame!  It all starts on the 17th and runs through the 31st.  Check out the link below for more details.

http://www.atlanta.net/events/detail/haunted-hall-of-fame/98762/

It is the second day of the U.S. Open so let’s highlight some special people!

1 Sep

It’s that time of year again in Flushing Meadows.  Many fans have been anxiously awaiting these glorious two weeks in NYC where at any given moment you can see some of the best players in modern day tennis on any given court.  We have seen some interesting performances as of late with our top players.  Djokovic claimed his third Wimbledon 2015 title beating Federer in a four set match, but then we saw a comeback with Federer as he claimed his seventh Western and Southern crown in Cincinnati in the finals against Djokovic.  It’s hard to say what the outcome will be for the 2015 U.S. Open, but I would have to hedge my bets that either Djokovic or Federer will be taking home that trophy.

This will be Federer’s 16th U.S. Open start and his 64th consecutive Grand Slam Tournament appearance!  That’s quite a record, but let’s not forget to look at our other players that have really proven great successes over the years.  For example, Murray who comes in after winning his 35th career title at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Montreal and who lost in the semi-finals against Djokovic in Cincinnati.  He has a powerful game and can put up a good fight against our top two players, Federer and Djokovic.  He has even beaten Federer a few times, but never in a Grand Slam.

Finally, someone who is very much worth mentioning on the men’s side, is John Isner.  I have blogged about him before, but would like to speak briefly on him again, especially since the Bouncing Bunch is native to GA and John Isner attended our very own UGA.  Go Dawgs!  Isner, is a top American ranked no. 13 in the world.  I’d say that is definitely worth mentioning and he just won his 10th career ATP World Tour title here in good ol’ Atlanta!

Now to the Women of the U.S. Open….

Before going into the women’s highlights, we wanted to take a minute to talk about someone special to us.  The Bouncing Bunch has several dear friends that are tennis players, and one of them is South Africa’s Chanelle (Chani) Scheepers.  She has recently announced her retirement from Professional Tennis and we at Bouncing Bunch wanted to give her a shout out for being such an awesome tennis player!  We love you, Chani!  On a side note, she is still very much involved in tennis, however, and you can follow her @ChaniScheepers.

Following the second day of the 2015 women’s U.S. Open, Serena Williams comes out strong once again, overtaking 25 year old Russian, Diatchenko.  If I had to bet on this tournament, I would probably say there is a strong chance that Serena will be taking home the trophy as the competition has proven to not be as strong this year, with no. 3 ranked Sharapova withdrawing from the tournament the eve of the opening due to an injury.

Serena’s sister Venus, has advanced to the second round as well, beating Monica Puig.  This is only Venus’ second victory since losing in the last 16 at Wimbledon.

We would love to hear your feedback on the U.S. Open.  Who do you think will be in the top 3?

Lastly, we wanted to part with a picture of our very own Chani Scheepers rocking the Bouncing Bunch logo at a Grand Slam Tourny before her retirement!

Chani

Back to the Basics

17 Aug

Ok, so we have touched on several topics over the past couple of weeks.  To re-cap, we discussed that children need to be motivated from within and then we discussed the how’s of that.  Today’s topic of discussion will be….drum-roll……

Why in the world do children even want to play sports?  Parents, this may be a shocker to you, but in many a research study conducted, the word “winning” never occurred.  We live in a world where fierce competition is at the forefront of much of what we do, but for children, this concept may have an entirely different meaning than we, as adults, perceive it.  In a study conducted by the Australian Sports Commission, they found that children typically play a sport to:

1.) Have fun and develop fitness

2.) Make friends

3.) Enjoy competition (notice, ENJOY, being the key word)

4.) Be Challenged

When these needs are not met, children tend to drop the sport.  Not all people are created equally.  We all know this saying, right?  However, somehow, this doesn’t seem to translate over into the children’s world of sports too often.  We are seeing more and more that Coaches and parents alike, are presuming that every child is/should be on the same level as their peers, and if they are not, well then, that’s just too bad.  Children need to be challenged depending on their level of ability, meaning that this may call for more work/creativity from Coaches.  If a more advanced athlete is among an athlete that may not have the same abilities or be able to catch on as quickly, this shouldn’t mean that the Coaches give them responsibilities the same as their peers.  It simply means that maybe the workouts are tailored differently according to the ability of the young athlete.  This does not mean, however, that it slows the training/advancements of another athlete that may be a higher performer, but it does mean that a coach will have to go the extra mile to tend to athletes with different abilities.  Too often children are feeling left out because the advanced athletes are the central focus, causing them to lose interest and quit.

Let’s take another look at an article that emphasizes top reasons why children play sports.

http://activeforlife.com/top-five-reasons-kids-play-sports/

Here, they have seen that most prevalent when children are asked, “why do you want to play a sport?”  the answer is, “to have fun”. So, to close out, let’s get back to the basics folks.  Sports can be a beautifully rewarding thing for your children.  Let’s keep them playing by positive reinforcement and tailored activities for children with different abilities because remember, not all people are created equally. 😉

Happy Monday!

BB

How were you motivated to stick to your sport growing up?

26 Feb

Hi Sports Fanatics,

we are trying to get feedback on what your parents and coaches may have done to motivate and inspire you to stick with a sport or physical activity growing up.  We would also like to know what didn’t motivate you.  We love our Bouncing Bunch fans and hope to hear some great things from all of ya’ll!  Feel free to post away!

There will be a drawing on March 31st, 2014 for anyone who has posted in a chance to win one of our Bouncing Bunch team members, so please put which character you would prefer at the end of your entry!  If you win, you will be announced on our blog so please keep checking because you will have to email us with your contact information and shipping address.  Our email can be found on our website.

Happy Posting!

Spring Sports 2014!! Woot, Woot!!!

17 Feb

Hello all you beautiful people and Bouncing Bunch fans!!!

We have had a couple of snow storms, and some really bitter weather this winter In the ATL, but I think we are on the up and up to warm weather and fun sports activities!

We are about to get really busy here at the Bouncing Bunch and some big events that are on our list involve our partnership with Atlanta Contact Point.   To understand more about this group, please visit our Alliances page and click on the ACP link.  Atlanta Contact Point starts up their Play Day’s again in March! Come out with your children and meet the Bouncing Bunch along with other awesome and health motivated vendors and get involved in some free sports and fun! The first play day starts on March 30th! We will be posting reminders as it gets closer to the date, but please go ahead and mark your calendars!  What better way to start yours and your children’s spring off right then some free sporting activities and healthy food vendors?

For the complete schedule of Play Day’s, please visit the link below.

http://www.atlcp.org/events/play-day-at-boulevard-crossing/

 

2013 is almost over…wow!

30 Dec

The year is coming to a fast close and we’re so thrilled with all the advancements for The Boucing Bunch!  The book is done… stay tuned for updates on that.  Do you follow us on Twitter?  Please do @bouncingbunch.  We’d love to hear what sports moments were your favorites in 2013.  We’re psyched for the basketball season, indoor swimming, and the Chik-Fil-A bowl happening in our home city of Atlanta on New Year’s Eve!

Happy almost New Year!