Webfinder: Kids’ Sports & Coaching

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Coaching Boys Into Men – Aimed at helping coaches to reduce disrespectful or dangerous attitudes and behaviors toward women, this site offers coaching tips, advice and useful anecdotes from great coaches and players. NOTE: The coaches’ kit and related materials are free to download, but you must go through a checkout process and provide your name, address, & email to get them. (Family Violence Prevention Fund; non-profit organization)

Competitive Sports: Helping Kids Play it Cool – Sometimes the pressure to succeed on the field or in the court can be overwhelming. Learn what you can do to help your child keep things in perspective. There are related pages for Kids and Teens. (Nemours Foundation)

Concussions in Sports – Information for coaches, athletes, and parents on how to prevent and recognize concussions. See also Heads Up – Learn About Concussions. (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Eating for Sports – Basic sports nutrition advice for kids & teens. (Nemours Foundation)

Injury Prevention for Parents: Sports & Recreation – Parents can help prevent serious sports- and recreation-related injuries by supervising their children at play, learning proper coaching techniques and making sure kids always wear proper safety equipment. These safety tips can help you keep your kids safe both on the playing field and off (Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC). See also Kids’ Sports Safety (MUSC Children’s Hospital).

Little League Baseball & Softball – The official site for Little League Baseball & Softball offers tips and resources for parents, coaches, players, and others involved in the sport. Includes a Challenger Division for boys and girls with physical and mental challenges. See also Pop Warner Youth Football & Cheerleading, and U.S. Youth Soccer.

MomsTeam™ – Practical advice on youth sports parenting from a team of experts, professionals and sponsors. ‘Dedicated to making sure that youth sports is safe, affordable, stress free and more fun!’ (Formerly Youth Sports Parents; site includes advertisements)

Physical Activity and Disability – General fitness advice for those with disabilities or chronic illness – use the menu on the right to navigate. Click on Articles for more resources on sports, exercise, nutrition, fun & leisure, and more, including advice for specific disabilities (University of Illinois). Disabled Sports USA offers nationwide sports rehabilitation programs to anyone with a permanent disability, plus regional chapters, online magazine, info on dozens of specific Adaptive Sports from Archery to Yoga, and more. See also Paralympic Games and Special Olympics.

Play Positive™ / Responsible Sports [UPDATED LINK!] – Videos offering helpful advice and information for parents & coaches, designed to encourage good sportsmanship and build character. (Liberty Mutual Insurance and partners; hosted on YouTube)

Sport Psychology – Short articles and links on applied sport psychology, with separate sections for athletes, parents, coaches, & psychologists, plus sections on health & fitness and injury & rehabilitation. (Association for Applied Sport Psychology)

Sports Medicine Center for Parents – Tips on everything from finding the best sport for your kids to preventing and handling injuries. (Nemours Foundation)

Steroid Abuse [UPDATED LINK!] – Resources and publications about the dangers of steroid use. See also Drug Facts for Teens: Anabolic Steroids. (National Institute on Drug Abuse)

Streetplay [Archived page; some media features may not work.] – Organized team sports not what you had in mind? This website is dedicated to informal street games such as handball, stickball, stoopball, hopscotch, jumprope, marbles, and others. Includes how-tos and more. See also International Kids’ Games. (These sites include advertisements)

Links updated February 2017.

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Finding Children’s Books on eLibraryNJ

Free ebook and audiobook downloads from eLibraryNJ (Overdrive) aren’t just for grown-ups! eLibraryNJ also offers a nice selection of audiobooks and ebooks for kids of all ages. You can use the search box to find a specific title or author. But what if you want to browse everything that’s available for a specific age group? Here’s how to do it!

Sign in before you search or browse to see all titles available to you:elibraryju1aOn the login page, choose South Plainfield Public Library from the dropdown menu: elibraryju1bThen enter your library card barcode number in the box: elibraryju1cThis will bring you to your Bookshelf, which will list any items you already have checked out. From the Bookshelf page, click on MENU: elibraryju1dUnder Children & Teens on the menu, click on CHILDREN FICTION: elibraryju1eOn the results page, use the left-hand menu to narrow your search to AUDIOBOOK (or ebook, if you prefer): elibraryju2 Next, choose an INTEREST LEVEL and/or READING LEVEL to see titles for a specific age group: elibraryju4The resulting list will show you all relevant items – including those that are not currently available.  elibraryju5Items which not currently available will have the headphone icon grayed out; the icon will be dark on those which are currently available: elibraryju6Click on AVAILABLE NOW to limit your results to items you can check out immediately: elibraryju7That’s it! For general instructions on using eLibraryNJ, see http://www.southplainfield.lib.nj.us/audiobooks.htm (audiobooks) and http://www.southplainfield.lib.nj.us/ebooks.htm (ebooks). Enjoy!

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