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Fall Family Fitness Ideas

August 19th, 2021

A mother and daughter in workout clothes smiling and laughing together outdoors. Both have dark hair pulled back into a ponytail, and are flexing their arms while laughing.

 

Stay Active with the Whole Family this Fall


In the past year everyone had to adjust to a new way of life; whether that be taking online classes, working from home, socially distancing, or self-quarantining. With big life changes like these it is common to let our schedules fall apart with all the added stress on our mental health. As we move into back-to-school season it’s important to remember the importance of incorporating fitness for the whole family into your routine. Staying active throughout these times will lower stress levels, boost energy, and put you in a better mood helping with your mental health. These are some ways to get your kid active while at home.

 

Involve the kids - Include your chidlren in the process of deciding what kind of exercise they want to do. Give them a few options and let them choose the activity. This can also be done around the house by giving them small chores and responsibilities. 

 

Safe outdoor activities - Encourage kids to go outside when social distancing is possible. This can include playing catch, walking the dog, riding bikes around and so much more. Another great option for children to be outdoors are Skyhawks Sports programs, which keep them social and active while also following safety protocols. 

 

Change it up - Make sure to change things up so your child doesn’t get bored doing the same activities. This can be as simple as playing a new game, hiking on a different trail, or even going to a new park.

 

Family activities - If you make physical activity part of your family’s routine the children will be more likely to participate. Some examples include taking family hikes, playing active games together, and walking the dog.

 

Set an example - Children are much more likely to engage in and enjoy physical activity if they see that you’re active as well. (You will also benefit from the exercise!)

 

Dealing with a new schedule and surroundings can be hard on your mental health, which is why being able to stay active is such a big deal. The benefits of being active can help maintain a balanced lifestyle and provide kids with a much needed energy release after so much time spent indoors this past year. Check out our Family Resources page for more ways to stay active at home including free lesson plans and class videos! 

What to Bring to Sports Camp

August 10th, 2021

Children are gathered drinking water and chatting during a break at sports camp.

 

Skyhawks Sports Academy Camps are the definition of fun, but we want to make sure that your child is fully prepared to attend! Below are some items that your child should bring to camp with them each and everyday to ensure that your child is ready to enjoy everything that our amazing programs have to offer! 


- Spray on / Mist Sunscreen! 

Our camps run from either 9am-12pm, 9am-1pm, or even 9am-3pm, which often means that campers are in the sun for a strong majority of the day. In order to prevent the harmful damage of prolonged sun exposure, it is highly recommended that campers bring sunscreen every day of camp.To protect both coaches and campers, Skyhawks coaches are not permitted to apply sunblock to campers. However, coaches ARE permitted to help campers apply sunscreen that are spray on / mist products, and are encouraged to remind kids to reapply throughout the day 


- A water bottle! (reusable if possible) 

In order to prevent fatigue and potentially even heat strokes, it is essential that all campers bring some sort of water bottle with them to camp each and every day. Having fun and playing sports in the sun at camp all day can be quite tiring, so it is highly recommended that each and every camper brings a reusable water bottle (or two) as it is very likely for a child to finish all of their water before the end of the day. 


- Athletic Wear / Athletic Shoes! 

Here at Skyhawks, we want to ensure that every camper has comfortable attire that can be worn for long periods of time. It is highly recommended that each camper comes to camp every day with athletic/tennis shoes, as well as appropriate attire for playing sports all day! Hats are also a great addition to keep the sun off of your child’s face and out of their eyes. 


- A Snack! (lunch if applicable) 

Each and everyday, depending on the length of your camp, every child should be prepared for a snack break with a nutritious and filling snack. For camps that end later than 12:00, a snack as well as a packed lunch is required. 


- Hand Sanitizer! 

Although all Skyhawks Sports Academy Coaches are prepared and equipped with hand sanitizer at every camp, it is always a great idea to bring your own just in case! We are all doing our part to stop the spread of germs at camp.


- A Mask or Face Covering 

 If local and/or state guidelines require it, participants and parents/guardians are required to wear face coverings during check-in, check-out, breaks (when not eating or drinking) and when not engaged in the program. Policies vary by area in regards to whether face coverings are required during instruction and activities. To learn more about our Return to Play safety guidelines, click here


Graphic displaying the different things to bring to camp, a water bottle, lunch, shoes, athletic clothes, and sunscreen.


Enter to Win a Space Jam Prize Pack!

July 29th, 2021

Banner that says enter to win a Space Jam prize pack! Beside the banner is a red and blue Skyhawks basketball, a white and rad striped popcorn bucket with popcorn inside, a reel of film and a movie marker in the background.

 

Enter to win a Space Jam prize pack!


 

Calling all sports movie fans!! To celebrate the release of Space Jam: A New Legacy we are giving away a Space Jam prize pack! 


Grab your best friend because if you win the Space Jam prize pack you will get two free tickets to see the movie and enough gear to deck out the whole family: t-shirts, hats, posters, stickers and pins!


Entering is easy, just post a photo of your child at a Skyhawks program, tag us, and share it with all of your friends so they get a chance to win too. 


Here’s how to enter:


Instagram -  Share your photo with Skyhawks Sports Academy (@SkyhawksSports) tagged and the hashtag #SkyhawksSpaceJam.

 

Facebook - Either tag Skyhawks Sports Academy in your photo in a personal post (make sure the privacy is set to public) or share your photo in a post on the official Skyhawks Facebook page (fb.com/SkyhawksSportsAcademy).

 

Twitter -  Tweet your photo with Skyhawks Sports Academy  (@SkyhawksSports) tagged and the hashtag #SkyhawksSpaceJam.


Enter as many times as you like, just make sure you’re sharing each photo only once and tagging Skyhawks in each one!


The winner of the contest will be announced on August 4th, 2021.

 

 For complete rules and terms click here.

 

Tips for a Healthy & Fun Summer

July 9th, 2021

Young boy is ready for sports camps with sunglasses, his lunch and water bottle. He is looking like one cool dude.

 

Tips for a Healthy and Fun Summer


As summer moves along it is important to keep up your healthy and fit lifestyle through all the fun activities. Even on days it’s too hot to be outside, there are plenty of other ways to contribute to important habits. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle this summer is key for both kids and adults. Let’s go over some tips to find your perfect balance.


Get Plenty of Rest

Although your typical sleeping routine may vary, as always adults should aim for 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. During summer, kids should aim for 9 to 11 hours per night. Sleep is key for recovery so it is especially important to get enough sleep during the summer because of the heat and long days/nights that contribute to exhaustion. Make sure to keep your room cool for quality sleep.


Eat Healthy When Possible 

Planning out your meals for the week is a great way to make sure you continue to eat healthy throughout the summer. Going out to eat with friends is one of the greatest aspects of summer, just remember to find a balance so you’re eating healthy the majority of the time. Lastly and most importantly, don’t forget to stay hydrated. It is especially important with the heat the summer brings so try to have a water bottle with you at all times. It can be hard for children to remember this, so letting them pick out a new water bottle will incentivize them to always have it nearby.


Be Active

Physical activity may seem impossible with the high temperatures the summer brings but it is important you maintain your fitness levels. Being active is key to a healthy lifestyle as it can reduce stress, improve quality of sleep, and boost your mood. Try exercising in the morning to avoid the sun at its peak or break up your exercise routine into smaller activities throughout the day. Summer camps are a great option for kids as it provides them with a safe environment where they can be active and develop a variety of social skills. And if the heat is still too much, joining an air conditioned gym, even if it’s just for the summer, may be a good option.

 

Although summer provides a bit of a break from everyday routine for most, it is important to maintain healthy habits and look after yourself while still dedicating time to having fun.

Skyhawks is the Official Youth Sports & Camp Partner of Washington Youth Soccer

June 14th, 2021

Washington Youth Soccer logo and Skyhawks logo

 

Washington Youth Soccer Partners with Skyhawks to Bring More Fun to Grassroots Programs Across the State

 

Tukwila, Washington – June 14, 2021  The Washington Youth Soccer Association (WYS) has chosen Skyhawks Sports Academy (Skyhawks), powered by Stack Sports, as their Official Youth Sports & Camp Partner in a 5 year partnership kicking off in 2021.

With roots dating back to 1961, WYS now has over 93K kids that are involved with the program, and is a leader in grassroots activation. With the average child today spending less than three years playing a sport, grassroots engagement at the camp level plays a role in answering the question; “How do we strengthen our base and establish an environment that promotes a life-long love of the game?

By partnering with Skyhawks, and through their nearly 200 member clubs, WYS is leading the charge to keep kids in the sport of soccer longer. This partnership combines over 100 years of soccer expertise to bring the fun back to families across Washington State. 

“The Skyhawks team brings a level of energy and fun to grassroots camps that just cannot be matched,'' said Tony Roberts, Director of Partnerships & Innovation at Washington Youth Soccer. “With our mission to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of the State of Washington’s youth. Working with someone who was focused on making sure kids had a great time at our camps and was also very experienced at delivering great events was very important to us. That’s why we are excited to Partner with Skyhawks and Stack Sports.”

Skyhawks® Sports Academy powered by Stack Sports, the leading provider of youth sports programs for children 2 to 14 years old, will operate camps with WYS across the state. These programs focus on fun ways to teach life lessons through soccer. 

"The staff was great! The kids really responded to them and they made it fun and educational. Thanks to all for a job well done,” said Kelly D, Washington Soccer Parent in Mukilteo. “I also really liked that it was a long (6 hour) [session]. My son agreed it really helped to get him into shape for soccer season. Thanks."

“Every person has their own unique journey as an athlete,” said Jason Frazier, President of Skyhawks Sports Academy. “By partnering with Washington Youth Soccer we are working together to make sure that the journey for children in Washington is a positive one that hopefully lasts a lifetime. From the athlete’s first time kicking a soccer ball at a Tots class, through sport skill development in Skyhawks camps, and then on to play in WYS programs, the athlete’s wellbeing is put first, supporting a truly life-long love of the game. To top it off, having Skyhawks international headquarters based in Washington state makes this partnership that much more special.”

If you are interested in registering for a Skyhawks Sports program, please click HERE. 

If you have the facility to run Skyhawks or Skyhawks STEM Sports® programs, but are lacking the personnel to run programming, we encourage you to contact us at 1-800-804-3509 or skyhawks@skyhawks.com

 

About Washington Youth Soccer Association


With roots dating back to 1961 WYS has grown to nearly 200 clubs serving over 93,000 participants across the state of Washington. It is our mission to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of the State of Washington’s youth through the sport of soccer at all levels of age and competition.

 

 

About Stack Sports

 

With nearly 50 million users in 35 countries, Stack Sports is a global technology leader in SaaS platform offerings for the sports industry. The company provides world-class software and services to support national governing bodies, youth sports associations, leagues, clubs, parents, coaches, and athletes. Some of the largest and most prominent sports organizations, including the U.S. Soccer Federation, Little League Baseball and Softball, and Pop Warner Little Scholars, rely on Stack Sports technology to run and manage their organizations. Stack Sports is headquartered in Dallas and is leading the industry one team at a time focusing on three key pillars -- Play, Improve, and Engage. To learn more about how Stack Sports is transforming the sports experience, please visit www.stacksports.com.

USA Lacrosse Announces Partnership With Stack Sports

May 5th, 2021

USA Lacrosse Announces Partnership with Stack Sports

 

 

SPARKS, Md. — USA Lacrosse has entered into a multi-year partnership with Stack Sports, a leader in youth sports services and technology. Stack Sports supports the volunteers, administrators and organizations that make sports possible with products and services to engage and grow athletes, goals also core to the USA Lacrosse mission. 

The partnership will focus on two of Stack Sports offerings — Sports Connect, a comprehensive league management solution, and Skyhawks Lacrosse Camps. Working together, the two organizations will provide expanded and improved opportunities for players. 

“Our mission at Stack Sports is to transform youth sports, combining industry-leading technology solutions in Sports Connect with a best-in-class Skyhawks camp experience,” said Stack Sports COO Jeff Brunsberg. “The announcement of our partnership with USA Lacrosse highlights the importance of lacrosse to our business and how we plan to innovate and inspire lacrosse athletes of all ages and play levels. We are proud to work hand-in-hand with USA Lacrosse to help grow overall participation in the sport.” 

As part of the partnership, USA Lacrosse members will receive a 20 percent discount on camp registration fees and Stack Sports is providing free camp opportunities for up to 50 players each year for USA Lacrosse to make available to participants. USA Lacrosse member clubs and leagues will also receive discounts on Sports Connect services.  

“This partnership agreement provides a great discount on Skyhawks Lacrosse Camps for our members and valuable registration tools with reduced-cost benefits to lacrosse organizations looking for a comprehensive league registration tool,” said Tom Pope, director of corporate partnerships for USA Lacrosse. “Their support of free camp experience provides another avenue for USA Lacrosse to deliver opportunities to learn to play and help fulfill our mission to expand the sport.” 

Sports Connect is a league management system used by more than 20,000 clubs and leagues, including current partnerships with USA Football, Pop Warner Football, Little League Baseball and U.S. Soccer, among other national organizations. Sports Connect software, which includes a real-time US Lacrosse membership integration, provides league registration tools to assist sports organizations in running their programs more efficiently. 

Skyhawks offers fun and skill-based Lacrosse camps geared towards players ages 6 to 14 at the beginner and intermediate levels. Lacrosse programs are available in 22 states. Find a program in your state at skyhawks.com/lacrosse.  

About Stack Sports 

With nearly 50 million users in 35 countries, Stack Sports is a global technology leader in SaaS platform offerings for the sports industry. The company provides world-class software and services to support national governing bodies, youth sports associations, leagues, clubs, parents, coaches, and athletes. Some of the largest and most prominent sports organizations, including the U.S. Soccer Federation, Little League Baseball and Softball, and Pop Warner Little Scholars, rely on Stack Sports technology to run and manage their organizations. Stack Sports is headquartered in Dallas and is leading the industry one team at a time focusing on three key pillars — Play, Improve, and Engage. 

To learn more about how Stack Sports is transforming the sports experience, please visit http://www.stacksports.com/ 

USA Football and Skyhawks Partner to Provide Enhanced, Age-Appropriate Youth Football Instruction

February 25th, 2021

 

Children playing football with the word touchdown on the side, Skyhawks Flag Football powered by USA Football logo

Skyhawks Flag Football program to be fueled by USA Football’s new Football Development Model


 Skyhawks Sports Academy (Skyhawks), the leading provider of youth sports programs for children ages 5 to 12 years, is excited to announce a new agreement with USA Football to serve as its preferred youth camp and after-school football partner. As the sport’s national governing body and a member of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), USA Football’s collaboration with Skyhawks provides football families across the country progressive, age-appropriate youth football instruction.


“Partnering with USA Football is going to bring the Skyhawks flag football program to the next level,” said Jason Frazier, President of Skyhawks. “This partnership with USA Football will expand our network, improve our curriculum, and provide certification for our coaches in youth football. USA Football also offers a pathway for those interested in playing for the U.S. National Team one day, and Skyhawks will be at the beginning of that pathway.”


Through the partnership, Skyhawks will implement USA Football’s new Football Development Model (FDM) in all coaching and instruction. The Football Development Model is the sport’s first long-term athlete development model, designed to make the game safer by reducing contact and teaching in a way that meets athletes where they are in their development. Coaches teach athletes based on their age, the skill they are learning and game type. Aligned with the USOPC’s American Development Model for healthier and smarter youth sport participation, this path offers young athletes more opportunities to enjoy the sport and choose the version of football best for them, including flag, tackle or other game types.


"We’re excited to be partnering with Skyhawks, a leader in delivering premier youth sports experiences,” said Scott Hallenbeck, USA Football CEO & Executive Director. “The Football Development Model centers on progressive skill instruction, safety, inclusivity and fun, which is everything youth sports is about. Through this partnership, more kids will be introduced to the fun and values inherent to football while growing their physical literacy for fit, healthy lifestyles.”


Curriculum that will be implemented into Skyhawks’ Flag Football program includes age-specific daily schedules, developmental checklists for each age group, improved coaching cues and measurement tools for each skill, the introduction of Prep for Contact activities, new skill-based drills and games, and the inclusion of mindfulness activities.


In addition to the Skyhawks Flag Football program offering, USA Football and Skyhawks will co-host flag football skills clinics in conjunction with select U.S. National Team Regionals focused on the core offensive components of passing, receiving and running.

 

Skyhawks offers Flag Football camps for children between the ages of 5 and 12 in a variety of formats throughout communities nationwide. Current program offerings continue to follow proven COVID-19 protocols per state and local guidelines. Winter programming is currently underway, and more information, schedules, and registration are available at skyhawks.com.   

 

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