The Best Kids Tennis Rackets are Producing 6 Year Old Phenoms!

Smallest Kids Tennis RacketI have been utterly amazed lately whenever I see the group of tiny tots in their Saturday morning lessons at the tennis club.

For the past couple of years the pros have been working with the kids using all the best tennis rackets for kids that are sized appropriately for their age and they have also adopted the new court sizes for kids ten and under.

It is amazing to see a couple of 6 year old tennis players hitting top spin forehands and having rallies over 5, 10, 15 plus shots!

They are starting to look like a bunch of little Raffas and Federers out there! It’s a far cry from the under 10 moon ballers that I played against when I was that age!

The governing bodies of tennis have finally realized that they are one of the only sports (I actually can’t think of any others) that make all ages play on the same sized playing field. Starting January 1, 2012 the USTA has adopted a new set of rules for kids ten and under.

Here is their promotional video:

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Youth Wrestling Shoes: Keys to Making a Smart Purchase

Pair of Used Youth Wrestling ShoesA good pair of wrestling shoes will help your youth be their best out there on the mat.

If the competition already has a pair of wrestling shoes, but your kid doesn’t, then its time to even out the odds.  Wrestling shoes are made to improve overall wrestling agility and ability.

The typical benefits from having wrestling shoes is improved grip, ankle support, and light weight.

Leverage Can Make All the Difference Between a Win and a Loss

One of the major benefits of wresting shoes is the grip and traction that they provide.

When attempting to roll an opponent over with a half nelson move for a pin, your child needs every advantage they can get.

A pair of good wrestling shoes with proper grip and traction may just improve leverage enough to make a difference.

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Wrestling Headgear: Get A Pair Before Its Too Late

Kids Wrestling Head GearHave you ever seen the pictures of wrestlers with “cauliflower” ear?

It’s a pretty nasty condition and it all starts at an early age of not protection ones ears while wrestling.

The condition comes about slowly overtime but it’s primarily due to getting a massive amount of abuse when wrestling.

Cauliflower EarWithout proper wrestling headgear, a wrestlers ears will begin to take on fluid.  This fluid is what makes the ear swell.

That’s why it’s so important to get your child a quality set of wrestling headgear right away.

This gear is relatively inexpensive and will protect their ears from this ugly condition later.  Cauliflower ear will not typically show up after just one wrestling meet, but if your child continues to enjoy this sport and wrestles a lot, then a head set is a must to prevent this condition.

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Shin Guards For Kids: Required Gear For Youth Soccer Players

Plastic Youth Soccer Shin GuardsShin Guards are a required piece of soccer equipment for all organized youth soccer programs.

Referees are responsible to ensure that no child plays in a soccer match without a proper pair of shin guards.  This is required due to important safety aspects.

Shin guards protect your child from minor bruises and scrapes but also from potential broken bones.  If a opposing player kicks your child’s shin or ankles just right it could become a serious injury.

The good news is that shin guards offer superb protection for your youth.

Determining The Right Pair

Shin guards come in a variety of unique styles and sizes.  The “right” pair of shin guards for your youth comes down to a few determining factors:  age, size, type of play and typical position.

The first thing to understand before making a purchase is to know what kind of materials shin guards are typically made of and how these materials differ.

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Kids Soccer Cleats Will Help Increase Safety and Performance on the Field

Kids Soccer CleatsAll soccer players need a proper set of cleats no matter what age.

A good pair of soccer cleats will help to improve your child’s overall performance by ensuring good acceleration and quick turning but, more importantly a good pair of cleats helps to improve safety.

A soccer player who doesn’t have good footing in all weather conditions has a high potential to get hurt.  Good footing is a must to prevent slips and falls that can lead to serious injuries.

Things to Consider Before You Purchase

Safety:  When running at a high rate of speed while kicking a ball, any unnecessary tumble could become a significant injury.  Cleats won’t prevent all falls but, any reduction in the frequency of falls is a safety improvement in our opinion.  This is even more important in wet weather, where achieving quality footing is even more difficult.

Quality:  With footwear of any kind the key to quality is in the materials and how the materials are assembled.  We prefer quality stitching instead of glue or adhesion.  The better quality shoes typically cost a little more but the old adage “you get what you pay for” holds true for kid’s soccer cleats.

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Kids Tennis Rackets: A Parent’s Guide

Kids TennisKids tennis has changed dramatically in the past few years, not to mention the past decade.

If you’re a parent who played tennis when you were your child’s age we’re sure that you weren’t using a racket that was small enough or light enough.

The technologies that are going into tennis rackets these days makes it possible for kids as young as two years old to play “real” tennis and not be held back by using a racket that is too big for them.

If you’ve been to any tennis court after school or on Saturday mornings lately you’ve surely seen the youngsters that are rallying balls back and forth, running side to side and even ripping forehand winners up the line!

Kids tennis rackets are dramatically changing the caliber of kids under the age of ten.

Long gone are the days of the under 10 and under 12 categories of kids tennis being dominated by the best moon baller!

When Should Your Child Start Playing Tennis?

Kids rackets are so light and so small these days that you can literally start your child in tennis lessons between one or two year old!

Now picking the right kids tennis racket these days is also much harder than it was just a few years back.

There are 15″ rackets, 17″ rackets, 19″ rackets, 25″, 27″, blue rackets, pink rackets, Dora the Explorer themed kids tennis rackets and so much more!

We all know that personal preference plays a large part of whether or not you like a tennis racket.  It’s hard to ask your two or three year old which tennis racket they like better as their answers will most likely hinge on factors such as color or theme.

It’s very important that your child is using the best kids tennis racket for them.  As they grow and develop it’s also very important to move them into a larger racket so their skills can continue to improve.

We’ve done an extensive amount of research and below you’re find our rules of thumb and recommendations when it comes to choosing the best kids tennis rackets!

Tennis Rackets for 1, 2, 3 or 4 Years Olds

Believe it or now, this 15″ kids tennis racket from Le Petit Tennis has made “playing” tennis possible for kids between the ages of 1 and 2 years old.

Now, they aren’t going to be playing full matches or probably even rallying the ball back and forth but they will be able to get use to handling a racket and it will help their hand eye cordination to play for fun in short bursts at this age.

This 15″ frame is the smallest and lightest tennis racket (possible in the world).

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B0049O0D7I” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”160″]The best kids tennis racket to start your 2 year old son or daughter off with is the Le Petit Tennis Racket because it is only 17 inches long and very light.

Paring this tiny kids tennis racket with My First Tennis Ball makes the game of tennis fun and easy for the youngsters because they have control over their racket and the big inflatable ball.

This 17″ frame is one of the smallest and lightest tennis racket that we could find and it’s only $18.95 which makes getting your kid(s) started in tennis very affordable.

The great folks over at Le Petit Sports have bundled up a great starter kit that we recommend you check out: Le Petit Tennis – My First Tennis KIT Starter Kit.

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Goalkeepers Gloves: Your Essential Guide

A soccer goalkeeper’s handsGoalkeepers Gloves and Stretches are exposed to ongoing extreme dynamic loads where fingers, hands and wrists need to be protected.

Without the proper hand protection, a soccer ball flying towards the net at high speed can easily hyper-extend a goalkeepers wrists or jam fingers.

Fortunately with today’s gloves technology, you can be rest assured that a smart purchase will protect your youth.

Below are our top 3 recommended goalie gloves and the reasons we recommend them.

Safety:  From a safety perspective, we will NOT recommend any goalkeeper gloves that don’t provide finger saving and hyper-extension technology.  Many cheaper gloves don’t include these safety technologies and instead focus solely on performance and flexibility however, we will not be recommending any of those.

Quality:  We make certain to search the web for any quality related complaints we can find.  If there are any quality concerns then we make certain to disclose that for you.  However, if we discover a significant amount of quality related concerns then chances are will avoid a recommendation all together.

Performance:  Performance (other than Safety) for a pair of goalie gloves comes down to overall grip attributes, overall fit and customer satisfaction.

Extras:  Hands can get very hot and sweaty in a pair of goalkeeper gloves so vents or breathable mesh are nice additions.  We will call out any other “extras” that you won’t find in all goalkeepers gloves.

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B0072UIKGC” locale=”us” height=”300″ src=”” width=”300″]Select Youth Goalie Glove with Finger Protection – Best Glove for the Younger Kids

Safety:   These gloves include the recommended finger protection we are a huge fan of.  One comment even went so far to mentioned that the finger splines were stiff the first few times used.  However they soon became a bit more flexible after use.   This is good proof that these gloves take safety of fingers and hands as a top priority.

Quality:  These gloves claim to have exceptional durability and no negative comments were found with our extensive research.  For the price, it seems that the durability of these gloves is very reasonable.

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Wrestling Mats Are A Must For Safe Practice

Wrestling Mats

A good mat can help get your kid interested  in the sport of wrestling.

Kids loves to play ruff and tumble but as parents we tend to worry about the toll their bodies take.

A quality mat is perfect for letting boys be boys or for focused practice sessions with dad.  They provide the safety needed and help keep learning fun.

Not All Wrestling Mats Are Created Equal

Some of the critical things you need to take into account when considering a mat purchase is the space you have available, the thickness of the mat and also storage of it when not in use.

Wresting mats can be quite big in some cases so knowing your available dimensions is vital for finding one that will work for you.  Also, many people have a good temporary space but not a permanent one.

If this is your situation, then consider one that folds up so that it can be stored away with not in use.

Below is our absolute  favorite mat for wrestling due to its high quality, perfect size, and transportability.  It also has hundreds of positive online reviews, which helps to reassure a good purchase decision.

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B000O2GCS8″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”104″]Everlast Folding Exercise Mat 72-Inch by 24-Inch (Black)

A few features of this particular mat is its 1 5/8-inch thick, it folds for easy storage and transportation, its tough and made with durable construction materials, its simple-to-clean and has a non-absorbent shell, its made with sewn-in handles for convenient transportation.

Feel free to shop around some more but we believe for your money this is the best mat you can buy.  We highly doubt you will find a better one more suited for your youths wrestling practice.

We also recommend that you consider a wrestling singlet, wresting head gear and wrestling shoes, if your youth does not already have these pieces of essential wrestling gear.

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Wrestling Singlet: A Requirement For a Fair Match

Hands On Hips Wresting SingletFor those just starting out in the sport of wrestling it is a good idea to purchase a singlet.

A proper wrestling singlet fits snug to the body to ensure a fair match.A wrestling singlet also helps to prevent any injuries.

Loose clothing  can become easily tangled during a  wrestling match.  This will give the opponent things to grasp hold of giving the opponent an advantage.

A Singlet Will Instill Confidence

Singlets some in all sizes and choosing the most appropriate size for you kid is essential to garner all the benefits that a singlet has to offer.  S

ome added benefits of getting your kids properly suited up with a wrestling singlet is the confidence they will garner by looking the role of a dedicated wrestler and not a newbie to the sport.

Kids won’t perform at their best if they are not comfortable.

Below we provide just a couple of online options for you to consider:

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B001EH9NPG” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”120″]Here is a great online deal for a high quality wrestling singlet.  HC Adidas Response Wrestling Singlet; Black, Large.

Here is another great singlet option that received a couple of positive online reviews ASICS Men’s Feud Wrestling Singlets, Red/Black, Medium.

There are so many choices for wrestling singlets online that we recommend that you keep searching until you find the one that you think you child will like best.

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B000667DXK” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”123″]We highly recommend that you consider amazon as a great place to get a really great deal on a singlet.

Along with a new wrestling singlet, we also recommend that you also consider purchasing a good set of wrestling head gear and wrestling shoes.  With all 3 of these your child will be fully prepared and confident heading into his next big wrestling meet.

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Gymnastics Bars For Both Beginners and Pros

Gymnastics BarsA set of Practice Gymnastics Bars are great tools for both young boys and girls to help strengthen their core muscles and develop muscle memory for bar related gymnastic skills.

Young boys often train for strength moves on practice bars in the gym and young girls practice and compete whole routines on them.

Many sets of practice bars are perfect for a basement practice area – some are low to the ground so the gymnast, if they do falter, will only fall a few inches to a crash mat (if at all) and getting into and out of practice positions is so much easier.

Practice bars are made out of many different materials, from wood to plastic and most resemble push up bars that adults often use.

Young gymnasts can practice their hand placements as well as developing the muscles needed to hold themselves upright on the bars or in a tuck position (working just about every muscle in the body!).

Practice Gymnastics Bars For Those Just Starting Out

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B003YU9S6U” locale=”us” height=”175″ src=”” width=”175″]For those little ones just starting out, these 4ft Purple Horizontal Bar and 6ft Pink Folding Gym Mat are the perfect set.

It also includes a custom mat that is guaranteed to fit correctly underneath help to ensure everyone’s safety.

Practice Gymnastics Bars For Those Well On Their Way

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B002U1PHKA” locale=”us” height=”153″ src=”” width=”160″]We recommend this practice gymnastics bar for the more mature gymnast, they are perfect for at home practice. Gymnastics Expandable Junior Training Bar.

These at home practice bars have a very stable base and are relatively easy to move around, when necessary and they are also adjustable, so as your young gymnast grows these practice bars with can grow with them.

We also recommend that you purchase a high quality gymnastics crash mat to put underneath your new practice bars, to keep your little tumbler safe.


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