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20 Hot & Cold Lunch Ideas for Sports Tournaments

Meal ideas for packing lunches for baseball, softball, soccer and other sports tournaments..

Meal ideas for packing lunches for baseball, softball, soccer and other sports tournaments.

HOT FOOD 

  • Chili Dogs – pack the chili in one container and hot dogs in another. Bring buns and condiments (I stock up on packets of mustard and ketchup at fast food joints so I can just bring those).
  • Franks & Beans
  • Tavern Sandwiches – just bring some buns and you’re all set!
  • Chili – Serve with corn chips and shredded cheese.
  • Meatball Subs – bring a zip-top bag of mozzarella and some buns then assemble the subs at eatin’ time.
  • Easy Chicken & Rice Soup
  • Sloppy Joes – Cook up the meat mixture in the morning and bring buns!
  • Walking Tacos – Open an individual-size bag of corn chips, tortilla chips or Doritos, spoon hot taco meat into the bag over the chips then top with cheese. Stick a plastic fork in there and you’re ready to eat!
  • White Trash Sliders – Serve the cheesy, meaty filling on sliders!
  • Italian Sausage Dogs - pack the cooked sausages in marinara sauce one container then sauteed peppers and onions in another. 
  • Roll-Ups – Instead of traditional sandwiches, I like to make an assortment of tortilla roll-ups then cut them into small servings so you can sample a few different kinds. My favorites to make are Turkey Bacon Ranch (spread ranch dip on tortilla then top with shredded cheese, turkey slices and bacon) and what I call “Deli Roll-Ups” (mayo, favorite deli meat and cheese, and spinach leaves).
  • Chicken Salad Sliders – I make an assortment of chicken salads (actually easy to use one batch to make three different kinds – check out my recipe for Chicken Salad Three Ways) then make small sliders so you can sample a few different kinds.
  • Frito Corn Salad
  • Chicken Bacon Cheddar Ranch Pasta Salad
  • Tuna Noodle Salad
  • Ham Salad – Bring a bowl of this then serve with crackers or sandwich bread.
  • Egg Salad Sandwiches – I like to make mine on good ol’ white bread then cut them into triangles.
  • Pimento Cheese Sandwiches – same as with the egg salad
  • “Subosaurus” – I make one gigantic sub sandwich on a loaf of Italian bread then wrap it up tight. When I have time I like to pack a dish of sliced tomatoes and onions with Italian dressing to add to the sub when it's time to eat (if you add them before you pack it, the sub will get soggy).When it’s time to eat, I slice it into individual serving sizes.
  • Loaded Pimento Cheese – Serve with crackers or celery sticks.
  • Seafood Salad – I like to make sandwiches with pita bread or serve with crackers.
  • Fruit - I ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS have a container of assorted ice-cold fruit for the players. We don’t let our kids eat a lot of junk between games so they’ll often just focus on the fruit and have a tad of the above (the rest is eaten mostly by the parents). The favorites seem to be watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes and strawberries.
  • Pizza Pasta Salad
  • Picnic Pasta Salad

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We are grandparents of baseball players! Love your recipes. I run out of ideas. We have it a little easier with hot food because we have a small RV we take for games. Great for cooking, taking naps, and getting out of the sun!

I want to be your ball park mom friend! All the time I've spent all ballparks and I've never thought of this! Such great ideas!

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These are great ideas. We also make hogie dip. Basically u take ham, turkey, salami, onions, tomatos, orgeano, salt, pepper, and mayo, cut everything into small pieces and get a thing of bread from the deli.

Hi there! While I’m not able to respond to every comment, I try hard to answer any questions that haven’t been addressed in the post, recipe or in other comments. I can tell you now 1) I have no idea if you can substitute Minute Rice or brown rice in my recipes because I’ve never used them and 2) If I know how to convert a recipe to a Crock Pot version, I will make a note about it (otherwise, I don’t know). And though I may not respond to them all, I do read each and every comment and I LOVE to hear from you guys! Thanks, y’all! - Mandy

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Best Softball Snack Ideas for Games and Tournaments

When preparing for a day on the softball field, it can be helpful for athletes to have snack ideas to help with meeting their sports nutrition needs.

Let’s take a look at key considerations when planning snacks for a softball game. Then we will explore the best softball snack ideas to help support athletes with performing at their best.

Plan Softball Snacks in Advance

Softball players should not rely on food from concession stands to meet their sports nutrition needs at games and tournaments. Prior to the game, athletes need to take time to plan ahead what food and drinks to pack for the day. 

When planning snacks, make sure to consider the start time for the first game as well as the number of potential games the team may play throughout the tournament. It is important to pack enough food to stay fueled through the last game.

Also consider what restaurants are located in close proximity to the field. Determine if there are healthy lunch options available. If not, it will be important to pack food for meals as well.

Softball Snacks - Plan Ahead for Games and Tournaments

Best Softball Snack Ideas

To be prepared for a full-day of games, athletes should pack a variety of softball snacks, including:

  • Snacks for the bus
  • Pre-game snacks
  • Snacks for the dug-out
  • Post-game snacks to support recovery nutrition
  • Balanced snacks that can serve as mini-meals

Let’s take a look at ideas for different types of snacks that can help ensure softball players are fueled throughout the day.

Softball Pre-Game Snacks: Easy Ideas for Athletes

Carbohydrates provide the body with the energy needed to perform at its best. Thus, softball players will want to pack a variety of high-carb snacks they can enjoy for a quick source of energy before a game.

When there is limited time prior to the start of the game, athletes will want to avoid eating food too high in protein, fat, or fiber. These foods may result in an upset stomach during the game ( 1 ). 

Softball Pre-Game Snack Ideas

Ideas for carbohydrate-rich, pre-game softball snacks include:

  • Fresh fruit , dried fruit, applesauce squeeze
  • Pretzels, pita chips, snack crackers, dry cereal
  • Mini bagels, graham crackers, animal crackers
  • Fig bar, low-fat granola bar
  • Sports drinks, chews, gels

Softball Pre-Game Snack Ideas

Softball Snack Ideas for the Dugout

During the game, it is important that softball players have snacks available that can help them rehydrate and refuel.

When athletes exercise, they deplete their carbohydrates stores. Thus, carbohydrate-rich snacks, similar to those enjoyed before the game, are good for the dugout as well.

Packing snacks that provide both carbohydrates and sodium, such as pretzels, snack crackers, or pita chips, can also be a good option for the dugout. The carbohydrates will help refill energy stores and the sodium can help replace sweat losses.

Hydration During the Softball Game

Dehydration can negatively impact performance and increases the risk of heat illnesses ( 2 ).

Softball games can last for several hours and are often played in hot and humid conditions. Thus, softball players should make hydration an important part of their sports nutrition game plan.

During activity, athletes sweat to help remove heat from their bodies. When athletes sweat, they lose both fluid and electrolytes.

The main electrolyte lost in sweat is sodium. Therefore, replacing both fluid and sodium during the game can help athletes stay on top of their hydration needs .

Consuming a sports drink during activity can help softball players with replacing both fluid and electrolyte losses. Sports drinks also contain carbohydrates, which can provide softball players with the energy needed on the field. 

Hydration for Softball Players

Individualized Hydration Plan for Softball Players

It is important to recognize that athletes vary greatly in terms of the amount of fluid and electrolytes lost in sweat.

It can be beneficial for softball players to work with a sports dietitian nutritionist to develop a hydration plan specific to their unique needs.

Softball Tournament Food Ideas: Snacks for Between Games

In between softball games, athletes will want to take the time to rehydrate and refuel. It can be helpful to pack snacks that can serve as mini-meals to enjoy between games.

Focus on packing snacks that provide a good source of carbohydrates, contain moderate amounts of protein, and are low in fat. 

Softball Tournament Snack Ideas 

Softball tournament mini-meal snack ideas include:

  • Peanut butter and jelly sandwich, apple slices, sports drink
  • Turkey wrap, pretzels, grapes, water
  • Pita chips, hummus, orange wedges, sports drink
  • Crackers, sliced ham, string cheese, fruit cup, water
  • Trail mix (made with pretzels, dried fruit, breakfast cereal, nuts) and sports drink
  • Breakfast bars with nut butter, banana, water

Similar to the dugout, eating salty snacks between games can also be beneficial to help replace sweat sodium losses. Sodium also helps stimulate thirst ( 2 ), encouraging athletes to rehydrate between games as well.

Softball Snacks Between Games

Hydration Between Softball Games

Softball players should also take advantage of the break between games to rehydrate, consuming both fluids and electrolytes.

Consuming a sports drink between games can be beneficial, especially when there is little time between competitions. 

Keeping individual packets of your favorite sports drink mix in your softball bag can be helpful. The mix can be easily added to a water bottle between games, helping athletes meet their hydration needs.

Recovery Nutrition for Softball Players

Following a softball game, it is important for athletes to focus on recovery nutrition. When softball players will be playing again the next day, recovery nutrition is particularly important.

The three goals of recovery nutrition include:

  • Hydrate – Replace fluid and electrolytes lost in sweat
  • Refill Energy Stores – Consume carbohydrates to replace energy stores used during activity
  • Build and Repair – Consume protein to help build and repair lean muscle mass

Recovery Nutrition for Softball

Softball Snack Ideas for After Games

Quick and easy post-game snack ideas for softball players include:

  • Granola bars with low-fat chocolate milk
  • Ham and cheese wrap with sports drink
  • Peanut butter and jelly sandwich with low-fat milk
  • Fig bars, jerky, and sports drink
  • String cheese, pretzels, banana, sports drink
  • Sports bar with sports drink

Softball players should then plan to follow-up their recovery nutrition snack with a well-planned post-game meal in the next couple of hours.

Hydration Following a Softball Game

It is important for athletes to rehydrate and replace the fluid and electrolytes lost in sweat after a softball game. 

Replacing fluid and electrolytes can help ensure athletes start their next competition in an optimally hydrated state.

Weighing before and after activity can help athletes determine how much fluid was lost in sweat. For each pound of weight lost during the activity, athletes should aim to drink 20-24 oz of fluid ( 1 ). 

Consuming sodium following activity can help athletes with replacing the sodium lost in sweat. In addition, sodium helps athletes to better retain the fluid consumed after exercise ( 2 ).

Consider adding salty foods to your recovery nutrition meals and snacks. Ideas include:

  • Broth-based soups
  • Vegetable juices
  • Deli meat, jerky
  • Cottage cheese, cheese
  • Pickles, relish, olives, condiments

Should Softball Players Drink Chocolate Milk After a Game?

Chocolate milk can be an easy option to support softball players with meeting their recovery nutrition needs following a game.

A 1-cup serving of chocolate milk provides 8 grams of complete protein and 26 grams of carbohydrates ( 3 ). In addition, chocolate milk is 90% water. Thus, it can help athletes with rehydrating following a game.

Therefore, chocolate milk can support softball players with meeting their fluid, carbohydrate, and protein needs following a game.

Softball Snacks – Don’t Forget Food Safety

It is important to keep food safety in mind when planning snacks for softball games.

Storing food at the appropriate temperature is a key aspect of food safety to prevent bacterial growth.

Softball Snacks Food Safety

Temperature Danger Zone

The  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  defines the temperature range between 40°F and 140°F as the “Danger Zone” in which bacteria can rapidly grow.  

Perishable foods should not be left in the temperature danger zone for more than 2 hours. This time frame decreases to 1 hour if the temperature exceeds 90 °F, which can occur during summer softball games.

To ensure food safety, cold, perishable foods should be held below 40°F in an ice chest or insulated cooler.

This includes food items such as:

  • Deli meat, cheese, hard-boiled eggs
  • Milk, chocolate milk, Greek yogurt
  • Fruits and vegetables that have been sliced, cut, or peeled (i.e., sliced melon)
  • Mayonnaise or products containing mayonnaise (sandwiches, chicken tuna, or egg salad)

Consuming food, that has been left in the temperature danger zone for over the recommended time limit, increases one’s risk of getting a foodborne illness. 

If food is left out over the two-hour limit, throw it away, as you do not want to risk getting a foodborne illness.

If you do not have a way to store food cold during the softball game, it is important to plan for snacks that do not require refrigeration. 

Softball Snack Ideas for Games and Tournaments

You are now set with a variety of snack ideas for softball players to enjoy at games and tournaments.

As a reminder, take time to plan snacks ahead of time. This can help ensure you have the right foods and beverages available to support your sports nutrition needs throughout the day.

For additional sports nutrition tips for athletes, check out my blog Your Guide to Game Day Nutrition .

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Mandy Tyler is a Sports Dietitian Nutritionist in the San Antonio, TX area. She is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian, a Board-Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, a Licensed Athletic Trainer, and is a Certified Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine.  Mandy has experience working with athletes at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels. She believes the key to reaching one’s full potential, both in everyday life and in sports performance, relies on a healthy nutritional foundation. 

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20 Essentials to Pack for Tournaments

20 Essentials to Pack for Tournaments- Always be ready to hit the road for a travel or local sports tournament with this checklist of 20 essentials you just can’t forget to pack. Whether it’s packing for a baseball tournament , softball, football, soccer, or something else, this list will help you remember all of the important items that are easily forgotten!

When my son played rec baseball packing for games was a piece of cake. All of my game gear lived in the trunk, I just slapped some sunscreen on the fam and headed to the field.  Now that he plays on a travel team, packing for a baseball tournament is a whole new adventure. Every weekend, several days at a time, we’re in another city, and occasionally in another state. It’s not unusual to spend days at a field in a strange town, and nights in a hotel room. Sure, I pack all of the necessary basics, but I have been known to forget several important items, and having to make a stop at the local big box store isn’t exactly my idea of a fun trip. It took several tournament weekends to get my baseball packing just right.

If you’re a travel ball mom, or if your older child is playing at college showcases, you will likely be spending many days on the road this summer.

20 Essentials to Pack for Travel Tournaments

For the games:.

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While many tournament rules do not allow coolers on the fields, you should be able to keep one in your car. Fill it with ice and keep your drinks and snacks cool. If coolers are allowed then a good one with wheels is great.

If you’re a camping family, or spend a lot of time at tournaments, consider stepping it up and getting a Yeti cooler. The price is steep, but this isn’t your standard plastic cooler – it will last forever, and can keep food and drink cold for days (literally)! They have a wheeled Yeti cooler , but all several other options to consider with both hard and soft sides(including new colors).

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Summers can be hot and humid and that means bugs! Protect your family with a good repellent. Choose a DEET free one that is natural, like Bug Soother .

travel softball food ideas

My son always gets chapped lips in the hot sun, having a tube of lip balm in his bat bag is a must to keep him comfortable.

travel softball food ideas

An easy to apply, high SPF spray bottle of sunscreen in your child’s bat bag, another for you.

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One for each person not playing. Coleman makes great camping chairs which do just fine on the sidelines, too. Bleachers are not your friends, your back will thank me later!

travel softball food ideas

This is crucial for hot days, or rainy days! Keep cool and dry under an easy to put up canopy and come back and if you have extra space, share with another family! Consider one with a single wall which helps on windy days and when the sun is low in the morning or late afternoon.

Parking fees, entry fees, and concessions, many of these are cash only! Take some cash to avoid a trip to the ATM.

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Nowadays, hand wipes and hand sanitizer are a must. The bathrooms could be too far away, lines may be too long, they could be out of soap, or all of the above.

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The kid’s version and some for the grown-ups too.

travel softball food ideas

Keep several wet rags in a baggie in your cooler for the sweltering hot days. A nice, cold hand towel is a game changer for kids and parents alike. Your players, their teammates, and even the other parents will be so grateful.

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Fill with ice from your cooler in case of injuries. Ziplock bags that have a zipper are far easier to open and close – they last longer than sandwich bags, too.

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Injuries happen! We used to carry band-aids and anti-bacterial cream, but a well prepared, compact first aid kit is far more useful. Check out The Solo by MyMedic – you’ll be able to handle sprains, cuts, scrapes, stings and just about anything else the kids or Mother Nature throw at you!

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This is not the time to enforce your electronic device ban, give them the iPad, iPod or whatever it takes to keep them busy while their big brother plays a 2 hour game.

For Traveling:

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Will you be gone longer than overnight? Laundry detergent made to get out the stains and smells of your little athletes is a must! Include a small bottle of detergent and stain treatment to keep those uniforms clean. If you don’t have a washer at  your hotel, liquid detergent is important to wash in the sink.

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You may need to air dry the uniforms, typically the hangers at the hotel don’t measure up. There’s plenty of reasonably priced hangars that can do the job.

travel softball food ideas

Hotel room floors may or may not be the cleanest, keep your tootsies free from germs with a comfy pair of machine washable slippers !

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Magazines or books. I’ve been reading the Magnolia story . There will be down time, keep yourself busy!

18. iPad or MacBook Air with Streaming Service

Hotel T.V. can be downright bad! An iPad or MacBook Air plus a streaming service like Netflix, Prime Video or Apple TV solves all of that. All you need is WiFi and you’re a mobile entertainment center!

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It sounds like a given, but I have actually forgotten to take a baseball bag to tournaments when traveling. A nice large tote can hold your wallet, keys, sunglasses, etc., plus several water bottles, extra undershirts for your player and so much more. Our fave, which was designed with beach days in mind, has several pockets, a keychain clip, and even has a bottle opener!

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Well where are you going to carry all of the above? A collapsible wagon is a lifesaver when packing for a baseball tournament, or any other tourney! A wagon is great in a pinch it can even hold a young whining sibling! Just kidding-sort of.

20 Essentials to Pack for Tournaments- Always be ready to hit the road for a travel or local sports tournament with this checklist of 20 essentials you just can’t forget to pack. Whether it’s baseball, softball, football, soccer, or something else, this list will help you remember all of the important items that are easily forgotten!

When packing for a baseball tournament or any other kind, make sure to include these essentials in your bag! What other items would you add to this list?

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Barbara is the mom behind the blog. She began writing in 2012 as the creator of Hello Life, a craft & lifestyle blog. As life evolved, and her kids became more involved in sports, she aimed to create a site that would resonate with moms like her, and in 2017 Modern Sports Mom was born. Like many of today’s mamas, she loves being creative, cooking, and fashion, and when there are a few minutes to spare, a good book. A baseball and football mom, she is fueled by her strong faith, dedication to her family, and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee! Barbara lives in California with her husband, kids, dog, and cat.

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The Ultimate Baseball Tournament Packing List (+ Travel Items)

What do you need to pack for a day (or a weekend) out at the sports field? Whether you’re packing for a baseball tournament or softball, soccer, lacrosse, football, etc., here’s your list of essentials to pack for tournaments. Never forget everything you need again with my free printable baseball tournament packing list ! 

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When my boys played recreation baseball, it was easy to grab the essentials for a game because you don’t need that much for 1-2 hours, right? Just slap on a cap and some sunscreen on everyone and you’re good to go.

But when my boys started playing on competitive travel teams, I suddenly had to learn how to up my game. Big time.

And I made a few (big) mistakes along the way! So, I wanted to help reduce your learning curve by giving you my hard-learned list of must-haves for weekend baseball tournaments.

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Tips To Simplify This Baseball Tournament Packing List

If you’re new to the world of competitive sports teams and tournaments, know ahead of time that you’ll probably spend hours at the field each day. Sometimes there’s a break in between games where you can run to a bathroom or grab some food.

Other times, games are back to back and you really can’t leave. And you’ll likely do this both Saturday and Sunday (or multiple days if you’re taking part in a travel tournament).

Planning ahead will be your best friend – keeping some things already packed and ready to go was the BEST thing I do to help reduce prep time and the chance of forgetting things.

Tip 1: Keep Layers And Sunscreen Ready To Go

Once the spring baseball season kicks off, I keep a tote in my vehicle that has clothing essentials such as a hat, sunscreen, winter hat, gloves, blanket, windbreaker, umbrella, and rain poncho.

Tip 2: Keep Some Snacks Packed

And I also make a snack bag filled with non-perishable grab-and-go essentials such as beef jerky, sunflower seeds, nuts, protein bars, licorice, and gum.

With these two bags or totes packed up, all you have to do is keep them in the car (my preference) or by the door and grab them on your way out.

Grab my handy checklist so you never forget an item again!

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What To Pack For A Baseball Tournament: 33 Essentials

In an effort to make this list easy to follow, I’m breaking it down into categories.

Health Items On Your Baseball Tournament Packing List

1. sunscreen.

I recommend keeping a bottle of easy-to-apply sunscreen in your child’s bag and another bottle for you and the family.

I was very opposed to the spray sunscreens for a long time…until we started doing weekend tournaments for baseball. Now I’m a HUGE fan!

Having a spray sunscreen is SO much easier to use than rubbing in creams when you’re rushing from one game to another or have dirty hands from being at the fields!

I highly recommend these two:

  • Neutrogena Beach Defense SPF 50
  • Blue Lizard Sport Sunscreen SPF 50 (mineral-based sunscreen)

2. Sun Hat Or Baseball Cap

Baseball players and family members spend so much time out in the sun, and if you’re anything like me that bright light is murder on the eyes and the skin.

Bring along a sun hat to keep the sun off of your entire face. There are many different options from baseball caps to wide brim floppy sun hats. Here are a few of our favorite go-to’s :

  • Women’s UV Protection Foldable Mesh Wide Brim Hat (great for ponytails!)
  • Rollable UPF 50+ Wide Brim Gardening Hat with Neck Flap (great for rolling up small and protecting the neck!)
  • Straw Wide Brim UPF 50 Foldable Roll up Floppy Hat (great for a fun, stylish option!)
  • UPF 50+ Wide Brim Roll-up Straw Sun Hat Sun Visor (great for an open, airy, cooler option!)
  • Ponytail Hat Baseball Cap (love this for my constant ponytails and messy buns!)

3. Sunglasses

My light blue eyes are super sensitive to bright light anyway, but my optometrist gave me a reminder about how important it is to protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays. 

Here are some of my favorite options:

  • Vintage Big Frame Sun Glasses (for the best coverage and that “diva” look!)
  • RIVBOS Polarized UV Protection Sports Sunglasses (I love sports sunglasses!)
  • Polarized Aviator Sunglasses

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4. Bug Repellant

The heat and humidity of summertime often mean bugs – and lots of them! If you’re anything like me, being a mosquito buffet takes away from the enjoyment of watching your kiddos play ball.

Protect your family (and yourself) with a good repellent. There are many options, but here are my favorites:

  • Make your own DIY Essential Oil Mosquito Repellent
  • Chemical-Free Bug Soother Spray
  • OFF! Deep Woods Bug Spray & Mosquito Repellent

5. First Aid Kit

I’ve seen a lot of injuries on the baseball field over the years. That includes everything from bee stings to cuts and bruises to goose eggs and broken bones.

We’ve been on some teams where the coach or team parent had a first aid kit. And we’ve been on teams where no one had a first aid kit.

After my son got hit by a bad pitch and we didn’t have ice, I started bringing a first aid kit and Ice Paks so that we (and the rest of the team) would always have the essentials on hand.

FYI, it’s come in handy MANY times, and I’ve even used it to help kids playing on nearby fields when their team didn’t have a first aid kit either.

I like this 300 piece kit that comes with a variety of bandages, antibiotic ointment, burn cream, a cold compress, sterile gauze pads, tweezers, scissors, and more. I love that it’s big enough to hold additional items if needed. It also has free shipping for Prime members!

I like to fill it up with a few helpful extras:

  • Triple antibiotic ointment packets for scrapes and cuts
  • Benedryl to help when someone has an allergy attack
  • Dermoplast Pain, Burn & Itch Relief Spray for injuries and bug bites
  • Bactine Max Pain Relieving Cleansing Spray to clean wounds
  • Wound wraps

6. Instant Cold Pack

Bumps and bruises happen in sports, and it definitely helps to have some instant ice packs handy to keep the swelling down.

I have purchased several sets of these packs – and used them all!

7. Lip Balm

I get chapped lips in the sun and wind, and my kids do too. It took me a while, but I finally remembered to bring chapstick with me. It was life-changing!

8. Hand Sanitizer

Baseball fields aren’t clean places. Some fields have bathrooms and some only have Porta-potties. You just don’t know which fields will have bathrooms, not to mention which ones will have soap in their bathrooms.

A bottle of hand sanitizer is a must-have as part of a baseball tournament packing list.

9. Ibuprofen

I recommend having both kids’ and adult doses of ibuprofen. They come in handy when you least expect it.

10. Insurance Card

I hadn’t thought of this…until my son broke his arm on the baseball field (bad slide into 2nd base). Oh man, was I grateful his insurance card was in my wallet!

And there happened to be a very conveniently-located urgent care a half of a mile away. 😂

If you’re worried about losing the card, just put pictures of them in your phone so you always have them with you!

Food-Related Items For Your Baseball Tournament Packing List

11. extra water.

When you’re likely to be at the field for several hours, have a couple of these extra (insulated) water jugs with you because the sun and heat will make you and your player thirsty!

12. Snacks/Food

You’ll want to pack food. Trust me – cheering for your kids burns some serious calories! Many fields will have a concession stand, but some won’t.

Even if the fields have a concession stand, you’ll probably go broke spending 3x as much for crappy snacks. Pack some snacks and keep everyone satisfied all day.

Here are some of our favs:

  • sunflower seeds
  • protein bars
  • fruit pouch
  • fresh fruit (apples, oranges, grapes, bananas, watermelon, etc)
  • dried fruit
  • granola bars
  • fruit leather

13. Gum/mints  

I’m a gum addict – it helps me munch a little less, and it gives me fresh breath for socializing.

14. Cooler

And you’ll need something to keep your food from getting hot or melting. That’s where a cooler comes in handy.

Fill a cooler with ice and keep your snacks and drinks cool. I have heard of some fields not allowing coolers, although we’ve never run into that issue.

If coolers aren’t allowed, you can still bring a cooler and leave it in your car. However, if coolers are allowed, then I recommend one of these three:

  • Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze
  • Yeti Hopper Fip 18 (NOTHING keeps things as cool for as long as a Yeti does – and we’ve tried them all!)
  • Coleman Portable Roller Cooler
  • YETI soft coolers (use as a bag or wear as a backpack!)

If your family spends a lot of time at baseball tournaments, or you like to go camping or fishing, consider getting a (wheeled) Yeti cooler . Yes, they’re expensive, but they seriously last forever and keep things cold for days . No joke!

If you spend your weekends at baseball tournaments, get one. You’ll thank me.

Savings Pro Tip: Sign up for Rakuten before making your purchase. You’ll get a $30 bonus for signing up through my exclusive link and making your first purchase – PLUS, you’ll get cash back on your purchase from YETI (and all your online shopping)!

15. Cash

Concessions, parking fees, and entry fees (if you have them) usually ONLY take cash. Take some cash with you to avoid the hassle of finding an ATM.

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Clothing Items For Your Baseball Tournament Packing List

A day at the baseball fields can present several clothing challenges. Here are some things you’ll want to have on hand to be prepared – and comfortable.

16. Jacket, Blanket, And Warm Pants

Even if it’s 80+ degrees when you leave for the tournament early in the morning, please take a jacket with you! Learn from my mistakes – I thought so many times “it’s hot, I’ll be fine!”

And I wasn’t. As soon as the sun set, I was freezing. And that doesn’t even count the days where rain or cold wind moved in.

I recommend having a few things, including:

  • Fancywing Outdoor Waterproof Fleece Blanket (great for wrapping up to stay warm and keep the wind out)
  • Ultimate Sports Wrap – Hooded Stadium Blanket with Zippers (for something a little more heavy-duty)
  • Extreme Weather Hooded Blanket by Mambe (to keep you warm on those miserably cold days – you’ll be SO grateful for this!!)

It took me a couple of seasons to figure out the best jackets to take with me (I loved my long puffer jacket ). And in the early season when it can be REALLY chilly, I wear ski pants because they’re warm and great windbreakers!

17. Winter Hat And Gloves

We have been to MANY tournaments where the weather changed drastically over the course of the day or the weekend. It might be hot early in the day and then a cold wind brings in cold temperatures or rain.

We’ve sat through games in the rain AND the snow.

The ONLY way I got through those games was because I had the warm layers I mentioned above and a winter hat and warm gloves.

18. Fresh Clothes

Have layers handy for the weather turning colder, and a change of clothes handy for hot days when you’re tired of being sweaty. If your child is on a competitive team, BOTH will come in handy!

Seating And Weather Protection Items For Your Baseball Tournament Packing List

This section includes chairs and other items that will make watching the game more comfortable.

19. Stadium Chair Or Fold-up Chair

I don’t know about you, but I get uncomfortable pretty quickly when I’m sitting on something hard like bleachers. And when I get uncomfortable, I get grumpy.

It’s important to be prepared to hang out and watch your kiddos playing ball all day! This Ventura Reclining Stadium Seat will change your life.

I love that it folds flat and has convenient backpack straps for carrying. It has armrests for ultimate comfort, plus it comes in multiple colors so you. can match your team or find a color you love.

And at the beginning of the season when it’s still cold outside, you’ll want a heated stadium chair – trust me. Once the tooshie gets cold, watching baseball outside for hours is miserable.

When it gets warm outside, I prefer using a camping chair to sitting on the bleachers. I think they’re more comfortable and I can set up my sunshade canopy over it much easier.

20. Canopy or Umbrella

You may not need/want this on cool days, but it’s crucial for hot days, or rainy days! Keep cool and dry under an easy-to-put-up canopy . They are AWESOME because they literally pop up in about 5 minutes.

And if you have extra space, share with another family! I always did – we would sometimes have 4-5 families underneath. And they were always willing to help me set up and take down the canopy!

Plus, you can set it over chairs, over bleachers, off to the side, or in the outfield and move it between games, if needed, to save you from the heat.

Consider one with a single wall  which helps when the sun is low in the morning or late afternoon (I always wanted one of these because tilting the canopy to block the sun just doesn’t work) and on windy days.

If you happen to live in a windy area, I recommend a set of canopy weights to put down on the feet so your canopy doesn’t blow away on very windy days. I’ve seen it happen, and the canopy was ruined. 😔

If you prefer to hang out on the bleachers while you watch, this  clamp-on umbrella holder  is a must-have item for tournaments!

Electronics

Electronics may not be at the top of your list of things to bring to the ball field but think about taking pictures.

21. Smartphone/Camera

You’re definitely going to want to take pictures (and videos!) of your kiddo, so make sure to bring a camera with plenty of memory. You can invest in a great  Canon Rebel  that will take incredible game pictures.

I love to use my Canon for stills because the quality is still better than my smartphone images. However, when it comes to videos, I reach for my smartphone.

22. Extra Chargers

When you’re stuck at the field all day, a dead phone battery isn’t just a possibility, it’s a likelihood. And trust me, it’s NOT ideal on so many levels!

That’s why I LOVE this  SunJack Solar Charger  which can be charged outside at the game in all that sunshine you’ll likely be facing. It’s the size of a tablet and is waterproof, shock-proof, dust-proof, and drop-proof!

Plus. I always carry a  small portable charger  or two for my kids who aren’t playing. They’ll play games with other kids at the field for a long time, but at some point, they get worn out and want to have some device time.

23. Entertainment For Younger Siblings

Tournaments don’t just last 2 or 3 or 4 hours. I have spent weekends at the fields where we have been there for 13+ hours. That’s ALL day!

I always start out letting my kids play with other kids until they reach their limit. Then it’s time for some device time so they don’t have a melt down!

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Keeping Cool & Toiletry Items For Your Baseball Tournament Packing List

24. cooling towels.

Those hot, sweltering days can be miserable – not only for you, but also for your player standing out on the field in the sun. The day I found out about these cooling towels was LIFE CHANGING.

Keep several wet rags in a baggie in your cooler. A nice, cold  hand towel  will make a HUGE difference for kids and parents alike. We have shared our towels with other players countless times – and helped a few recover from heat-related problems in the process.

25. Water Bottle Or Mister

I have literally left a game before and gone to the store to find water bottles because it was so hot and the kids were so miserable (and playing and EXTRA long game). Bring along a couple of large spray bottles so everyone can spray themselves down and cool off when they need it most.

OR bring along a mister ! They feel SO good on those hot days!

26. Roll Of Toilet Paper

This might sound a little weird, but I can’t tell you how many times it’s come in handy. From dealing with bloody noses to snotty noses to having some backup for the nasty portapotties that don’t have toilet paper.

Keep a roll with you. It’s WORTH it.

Make Carting All Your Stuff Easier

27. a large tote.

It may seem like an obvious thing to bring, but I have actually forgotten to take a baseball bag to tournaments. And I REGRETTED it. 

A nice large tote  can hold your keys, wallet, hats, sunglasses, snacks, extra clothes, chargers, extra water, etc. Plus, much more! This one is one I love because it has several pockets, a keychain clip, and plenty of room!

I also love this mesh bag because any dirt that gets into the bag (and ball fields have PLENTY of dirt), falls right out!

28. Portable Wagon 

I spent 2 (I think) seasons without a wagon, and when I finally got a  collapsible wagon , the difference was night and day. It carries all your stuff (I would put my canopy, tote bag, and more inside) and can hold a young whining sibling too!

Essential Traveling Items For Your Baseball Tournament Packing List

Traveling to another town or state involves bringing a few additional items.

29. Extra Uniforms

Bring along a pair or two of extra Youth Baseball Pants and jerseys. If you are staying in a hotel, pants will occasionally get a rip so it’s a good idea to have extras.

30. Laundry Detergent

If you’ll be gone longer than overnight, bring along your Fels Naptha  and Sponge to get out the stains and smells of your athlete’s pants so they show up looking clean and fresh to their next games!

Here’s how to get white baseball pants clean .

These are super portable so you can wash your child’s pants in the sink or bathtub and hang them up to dry overnight.

31. Clothes Hangers

You may need to air dry uniforms, and I haven’t found hotel hangers to be up to the task. Bring along a couple of hangers so you’re always prepared.

32. Slippers or Flip-Flops

A pair of waterproof slippers are perfect for hotel travel because the floors may not be clean, the kids will likely want to go to the pool, and they can do triple-duty as shoes your kiddo can slip on to get a break from their cleats.

33. Swimsuit

If you’re staying in a hotel, chances are good that there’s a swimming pool. And if your kids are anything like mine, they can’t resist going for a swim (as a team!) in their downtime!

Make Sure To Always Have These Baseball Tournament Packing List Essentials On Hand

When packing for a baseball tournament or any other kind, make sure to include these essentials in your bag!

Are there items I missed? If so, include them in the comments below.

Pro Mom Tip: IF you forget something, be gentle with yourself because there’s so much to remember (thus, the need for the wagon!). The good news is that you CAN buy most of what you need (we just don’t want to take time to go to a store or spend money we don’t need to spend!).

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Healthy Ballpark Snacks

I played travel softball growing up through 8th grade and my younger sister through high school. Many of our weekends were spent at the ball park surrounded by chicken fingers, fries, nachos, soda and candy. I would be lying if i said that I don’t love a ballpark chicken finger and super salty fries. However, eating it weekend after weekend just doesn’t contribute to a healthy lifestyle–especially when you’re the spectator and not the athlete.

Recently, I shared a guest post from fellow dietitian, Sally Kuzemchak of Real Mom Nutrition , about healthy team snacks for kids .  Instead of fruity drinks, cookies, and cupcakes after a ballgame, she suggests fresh fruits and vegetables. I love her ideas for cups of berries, fruit kebabs, bananas, apples, mini bags of carrots and raisins. I’m adding on to her list in this post and also focusing on healthy ballpark snacks for the spectators. Because, let’s face it, it is usually the people WATCHING the game that are hitting the concession stand for a quick nibble.

Disclosure: I partnered with the Wonderful Company and Chobani to share these healthy snacking tips. All opinions are my own.

Healthy Snacks to Eat at the Ballpark

In addition to Sally’s top 10 Healthy Team Snacks, I love these food ideas for a day at the ballpark. They can easily pack in a purse, bag or small portable cooler.

Veggies and Dip

Healthy Ballpark Snacks - Skip the concession stand and pack these snacks next time you're headed to the ballpark.

No need to worry about dirty hands digging into a veggie tray or double dippers going back for a second round. It is now very easy to find individual containers of hummus or guacamole to pair with individual bags of carrots or celery. Instead of nachos, veggies and dip give crunch and flavor (plus a wealth of nutrition) without the added salt, calories and fat.

Greek Yogurt Pouches and Tubes

Healthy Ballpark Snacks - Skip the concession stand and pack these snacks next time you're headed to the ballpark.

With less than 25% sugar and twice as much protein than the leading kids yogurts, Chobani’s line of Greek yogurt for kids is a healthy and delicious option. They can easily be packed in a small cooler to stay chilled and enjoyed on the go. Plus, parents can feel good knowing this snack helps to fill the nutrient gap by providing calcium and protein and offers children the sweet they are craving but without the guilt of giving too much sugar. Another bonus–Chobani Kids and Tots lines contain no artificial sweetener, flavors or preservatives. We also like to freeze the yogurt tubes for simple and delicious yogurt pops.

Healthy Ballpark Snacks

Because many children suffer from peanut allergies, most ballparks are no longer selling peanuts. A delicious substitute which is also one of the lowest calorie and lowest fat nut is pistachios. Pistachios are filling because they boast protein, healthy fat and fiber and compared to just 15 chips, you get 49 pistachios for one serving. I’m a big fan of Wonderful Pistachios for the variety of flavors as well as the portable snack packs.

**Looking for more nut-free snacks? I have 50+ nut-free snack ideas here!**

Mandarin Oranges

Healthy Ballpark Snacks - Skip the concession stand and pack these snacks next time you're headed to the ballpark.

Easy to peel, seedless, and sweet, mandarin oranges like Halo’s are a favorite for the ballpark. Plus, they ring in at just around 50 calories. As a child, I was a sliced orange eater at the ballpark. I have very vivid memories of gallon-sized bags of oranges slices that my parents would cut and serve our team between games. Thankfully, little mandarin oranges just saved the team parents and coaches a ton of time because kids can peel these themselves.

Dried Cranberries

Healthy Ballpark Snacks - Skip the concession stand and pack these snacks next time you're headed to the ballpark.

In her post, Sally mentioned raisins but our household also loves dried cranberries like Craisins. Dried fruit is a deliciously sweet alternative to candy because it is naturally sweetened.

What other favorite foods do you like to pack for the ballpark? Make sure to share these ideas with your fellow sports-watching parents!

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Softball Nutrition During Tournament Season

Did you find yourself struggling to get through the long weekend of games at your most recent softball tournament? Many athletes are injured and worn down during a tournament because of poor nutrition. Since you could easily find yourself playing up to three or four games in a day, your nutrition needs to be as unique as your schedule. Use the following tips to keep energy and focus at maximum levels.

Many softball players get fatigued during tournaments, not because of poor food choices but due to dehydration. Most of us understand the need to drink more liquids and electrolytes to stay hydrated . But it is easy to overlook the fact that the sun steals bodily fluids from us at an extremely fast rate. So don’t underestimate the need for sunblock and sunglasses, and stay in the shade whenever possible.

Food Choices

What’s a good eating plan for game days? You need to be extra careful when planning meals for a softball tournament. (A mid-game snack helps too .)

Try to Avoid

Fried food . You never know how your body will react to greasy foods. Pizza . You may have heard that “carb loading” improves performance, but dietitians recommend quality  carb choices, not cheese pizza between games. Caesar salad . A common mistake:  you think you’re being healthy with a salad, but look at what you put on it. Ceasar and ranch dressings are loaded with fat and can have the same effect as fried foods on your stomach. High-fiber food s. Safer than the others, but foods such as oatmeal, bran cereal and rice and beans could possibly leave you feeling gassy and bloated. High sugar foods. This one should be a no-brainer, because we all know what a “sugar crash” is. Eating donuts for breakfast is not a good pregame meal. Your energy might start out great, but by game two you’ll be feeling flat as a pancake.

High calorie healthy breakfast. A few scrambled eggs, a serving of fruit, sliced potatoes and a big glass of water and/or orange juice will get you ready for game one. Something light . For my players, I recommend a good-tasting meal replacement bar. Real food whenever possible.  During extended breaks, I make sure my players consume lean deli meat, hummus with pita bread, fresh fruit and plenty of water. I don’t risk feeding them anything that will put them into a “food coma.”

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How to Make a Softball Tournament fun for the Whole Family

Softball Tournament Fun for Family

When your daughter is scheduled for a weekend full of games for a softball tournament (or soccer, lacrosse, or any outdoor spring sports tournament) in a town away from home, it can be challenging for the other kids in your family (and let’s face it, sometimes for you) to look forward to a day of games in the hot sun.

The softball tournament season is here, don’t despair. Your other children did not sign up for a weekend after weekend of softball binge-watching! So don’t be surprised if you are dragging them along for the ride and they are coming kicking and screaming.

What do you do? Here are 7 tips to help make softball tournaments and games, or your other favorite outdoor spring/summer sports game, something the entire family can look forward to.

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Life is a Picnic: watching a softball tournament – picnic style

If you can watch on a picnic blanket laid out in the shade vs the sitting on hard bleachers in the stands, it can create a more casual laid back experience for the other kids (and for you too).

Pack a couple of picnic blankets and folding chairs with a canopy to bring with you to the softball tournament. Now your kids can lay-out and mom and dad can watch in comfort from the chairs.

It’s not a Picnic without some Food

Bring food to eat and lots of it. Nothing keeps kids happier than a cooler full of chow and drink.

A cooler with fresh cut-up fruit, watermelon, grapes, fruit salad is a wonderful alternative to junk food at the concession stands. Pack plenty of water for the day too.

Save some money by packing your lunch. The  How To Best Prepare Your Car For Travel Softball  post will help you with some ideas of picnic-friendly things to pack for games.

But this post called Healthy Game Day Snacks to Make You Queen of the Cooler has over 50 healthy snack ideas for pre-game, bench snacks, and post-game snacks for your athlete and the rest of your family too!

For your family fans, try sneaking in your cooler a few special treats they are not typically allowed to snack on during the week, as their reward for enduring having to sit through three softball games on a Saturday! Maybe it’s gummy bears or marshmallows. Something fun that they can associate with tournaments and being rewarded.

Relax the rules on devices during the softball tournament for your other kids

If your household is a bit like ours and you have limits on how much time your kids can spend on their electronic devices, perhaps you can relax the rules a bit on a day with 8 hours of softball on the schedule. Those long days can sometimes happen on these tournaments with an 8 am game and then a 3 pm game.

By no means do I mean to suggest that you should let your kids be on their phones or iPads for 8 hours. But if your rule is 2 hours for a day, maybe let it be 3?

This might make it a treat for your kids to sit through the game and you never know, they might realize softball (and real-life) is more exciting to watch than their games. Maybe.

Other Boredom busting ideas for watching softball tournaments

Bring a Book for your kids to read, play cards with your kids while you watch, or encourage them to bring homework to catch up on while they are laying out on the blanket.

For the little ones bring a favorite toy, doll, or truck. And of course, their own glove and ball to play with and pretend they are their hero, big sister.

Speaking of your little one… Playground time!

If you are lucky enough to be at a field with a playground near it, be sure to take the little one over there to tire them out in between games.

Then let them crash on the picnic blanket or stroller when it’s nap time. If they are properly tired, hopefully, they will fall asleep without too much trouble. Hopefully.

Reward loyalty with a fun time

Reward everyone for hanging in there and cheering on their sister with a fun activity after the game.

Ice Cream Cones? Movies? Or local Amusement Park!

One tournament this summer is in the same town as our favorite Amusement Park. You know where we are going to try to head after the games, don’t you? I can’t wait! And neither can the kids.

That is an easy way to get the kids to look forward to a tournament weekend.

If your kids are true fans of their sister and her sport, reward them with softball gear to sport to the field. Check out 28 Fabulous Gifts for Softball Players for some fun ideas.

Be prepared for weather changes

Weather can be unpredictable. You might expect clouds, but it may become quite sunny and hot, or you might think it is supposed to be clear when a windy storm rolls in.

Keep your car prepared for anything . Having layers of clothes and blankets in the car can help prevent discomfort from ruining your day. A child gets a cut, first aid to the rescue. Biting flies attacking, bug spray to the rescue. Sun in your eyes, extra visors, and hats to the rescue.

Keep prepared and everyone will be more comfortable and you will save the day, SuperMom!

That wasn’t so hard, now was it?

So the next time you have a tournament weekend, plan ahead and allow it to be a relaxed casual affair that the entire family can look forward to.

For tips on how to pack a car for travel softball or any traveling sport that takes you away from your hometown, check out The Best Basic Travel Softball Car Packing List  post.

To finally get a hold of your life during this massively busy time for every family, check out The Frazzled Mom’s Epic Guide to Softball Season.

Don’t forget Healthy Game Day Snacks to Make You Queen of the Cooler is a must-read for great tips for your shopping list.

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As the title stated, What types of HEALTHY snacks,meals and drinks is everyone using for their DD?? My daughter pitches so I need her to keep up her energy and stamina as much as possible, What can y'all recommend?!? Quick bites or sit down meals ... I would like to hear what everyone is feeding their ballplayer.  

We used to bring peanut butter & jelly, deli meat & cheese and bread and let her pick what she wanted. Also lots of cut up fruit and usually pretzels and granola bars  

fruit! watermellon squares, grapes, PBJ, deli meat, pepperoni slices (not jerky but the slices that go on pizza), nuts, luna bars and cliff bars  

Energy balls are one of the favorites. Just Google a recipe, usually some combination of oats, peanut butter, flaxseed, honey, etc. Other things I sometimes bring are hardboiled eggs, string cheese, gogurts, strawberries, applesauce pouches, peanut butter and graham crackers. I will also pick up a pack of wraps, a bag of Caesar salad, and a package of grilled chicken strips or chunks that are in with the lunch meat = easy chicken caesar wrap.  

  • Mar 11, 2022

If it's cold outside I bring something I can heat up like a Mountain House meal. Hot chocolate. She'll eat enough to not be hungry. If it's hot outside I bring cool refreshing fruit like watermelon, cantaloupe and a variety of berries. Hydration is more important. I don't let her eat heavy foods until after the last game. Remember, what goes in must come out. You really want to visit the porta potties?  

DD just got an appliance put in her mouth that she cannot eat with. So if she wants to eat she has to be able to take it out and then brush her teeth. I fear she's going to be eating a whole lot less at tournaments. But she will usually have some kind of deli meat/cheese and fruit. We also have people bring dried fruit snacks and pedialyte drinks. We try to avoid the concession stand as much as possible.  

Rick M

Water-heavy snacks like pickles and grapes are a must. Peanut butter & apple slices, cheese cubes, and energy bars for protein. All things in “grazing” portions so she can eat enough to fuel up but not feel full. Our biggest problem is the early morning start. When you have to be at the field by 7:00 for an 8:00 am game, it usually means getting up at 5:30. Nobody wants to eat at that time of the morning. I’m lucky if I can get DD to finish a cup of apple sauce before she goes to warm up. Anyone have an early morning meal that they recommend? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk  

Lance Steckler

i eat belvita breakfast bars early on game days. several different flavors and long lasting energy. BUT i'm also up every morning at 4:30 so my 'early' was always different than my DD.  

Thanks guys for input, Some really good ideas up there. I also heard to maybe get those PB&J uncrustables for quick bites on the go when they have back to back games.....  

Cheeseburgers, chili dogs, taco bell, snow cones. We eat whatever. It's fun.  

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What To Pack In A Tournament Cooler

  • March 21, 2016

For those involved in youth sport, every season usually includes at least one tournament. Whether it’s soccer, baseball, or any other sport, the weekend is spent watching games, resting in between them, and waiting to hear when your child will compete next. Having dedicated so many time and energy to practice, it’s important for your athlete not to burn out during these long weekends due to improper nutrition.

Having a tried-and-true nutrition plan ensures that the energy needed to achieve peak performance is there. Rather than spend money on unhealthy foods at the concession stand that could hinder performance, prepare a ‘tournament cooler’ using our quick, easy-to-follow suggestions:

4 Hours Prior To Game-Time

This meal should include good sources of carbohydrates, healthy fats, and protein. A great example is cereal or oatmeal with fruit or nuts, milk, and a hard-boiled egg.

Two Hours Prior To Game-Time

A snack loaded with carbohydrates but low in fiber and fat can not only help you stay nourished and full during competition, it can also give you the energy needed to perform your best. As our  TrueSport Nutrition Guide explains, carbohydrate intake before exercise can help to restore sub-optimal glycogen stores, which is critical for prolonged periods of exercise. Fatty foods should be limited as they delay the emptying time of the stomach and take longer to digest.

During The Tournament

A cooler with food and snacks that are easily digestible and appetizing for the all-day athlete will keep them energized and ready to compete. Low-fat granola bars, fresh fruit (like pineapple, watermelon, or oranges), low-fat yogurt, nut butter sandwiches, a handful of trail mix, string cheese, and bagels are all great go-to options for your cooler. Fruits consist mostly of carbohydrates and water, and are digested fast which limits the possibility of stomach cramping or GI distress.

Also, make sure there’s plenty of water and a sports drink to keep your athlete hydrated throughout the day. Athletes who consume a sports drink containing between 6 and 8 percent carbohydrates can maintain blood glucose levels at a time when muscle glycogen stores are diminished. This allows carbohydrate utilization and energy production to continue at high rates. A dehydrated athlete has a decrease volume of blood circulating through the body, meaning their muscles won’t receive enough oxygen and exhaustion sets in, ultimately hampering an athlete’s performance.

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After The Tournament

After spending the entire day giving it their all, athletes shouldn’t neglect their recovery nutrition. Make sure your athlete’s body repairs and restores itself for the next activity (especially if it’s a two-day event) with recovery snacks that include carbohydrates and proteins, such as a fruit and yogurt smoothie, Greek yogurt with fruit, an apple or banana with nut butter, and trail mix. A well-balanced meal, including complex carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats should follow within four hours.

This article was prepared from the TrueSport Nutrition Guide as well as Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) .

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Goal-Setting Lesson Video Transcript

Hi. I’m Trevon, Trey, Jennifer . Team USA wheelchair basketball player, paralympian, and true sport athlete. Today, I want to talk to you about goal setting. And there are three things that I would like you to know. First, successful athletes set goals and a planned roadmap. Second, goals should be written down, assessed over time, and changed if necessary. And third, goals need to be challenging in order to be worthwhile. As a freshmen at Edinboro University, I was a part of a team that made the national championship game. And at that time I recognized I was the low man on the totem pole, but I felt in my heart that I knew my dreams were so much bigger than winning a national title. I wanted to make Team USA. I knew what achieving my lofty goal was not going to be easy and that I would need to work hard every day.

So, as a reminder, I created a pyramid of goals that I kept right above my bed. This pyramid reminded me of the accomplishments that I was working towards and visually represented my need to create a solid foundation underneath me before reaching the top. In the bottom roll of my pyramid of goals I listed goals such as obtaining my bachelor’s degree, becoming a scholar athlete award recipient, and becoming an All-American. The middle row listed winning a national title and playing for a professional team. And at the top row, the most challenging of them all, I listed becoming a gold medalist for Team USA.

By understanding that there are smaller stepping stones to achieving my ultimate goal of being on Team USA, I was able to stay motivated and to stay focused on completing the smaller stepping stones fully before moving onto the next one. Now I’ll be the first to admit that not every goal that I listed on my pyramid was accomplished, but seeing my goals every day when I went to bed, I was able to push through the days that I felt like doing nothing in hopes of achieving the bigger picture. Remember, create a clear goal roadmap, assess your goals often, and continue to challenge yourself. I hope that you never stopped dreaming big or reaching for the stars. And I look forward to seeing where your roadmap takes you.

Body Image Lesson Video Transcript

Hi, I’m Kara Winger , Olympic javelin thrower, and true sport athlete. Today I want to talk to you about body image and I have three things I’d like you to know. First, healthy thoughts often lead to healthier bodies. Second, there are varying body types and no one’s body is exactly like another. And third, true beauty goes deeper than the skin. As a multi-time Olympian, I’ve experienced a lot of variation and progression in my training. My coaches and I adapt to my training frequently, all with the goal of supporting my long-term success and health in the sport of javelin. I’m talking to you about body image today because sometimes even with the best of intentions and a common goal in mind, the changes you make to your training habits can prove to be detrimental if made for the wrong reasons. In the lead up to the 2012 Olympic trials, I was told in order to improve my performance on the field, I should try to become a leaner, skinnier version of myself.

So I changed my diet. I went along with what I was being told to do, even though I’d had great success at a slightly heavier weight and higher body fat percentage, and became much leaner than ever before. It seemed like a successful change at first, but I didn’t have nearly the results I’d had before. And I believe becoming leaner than my body naturally wanted to be was what caused my ACL to tear. In the end, it cost me heavily going into the 2012 London games. The takeaway for me, and hopefully for you, is that it’s important to know what works for you and your body and to not compare yourself to others. You should do your research and experiment with your diet to find what makes you feel the best, rather than focusing on what you look like. Today, if I feel like having a chocolate chip cookie, I have one, just not every day.

I’ve learned what a properly balanced meal for my body looks like and I recognize food as the fuel that keeps me throwing. I hydrate and allow myself time to recover. And I listen to and communicate with my body so that I can be the best version of myself. In the end, you are in control of how you see, treat, and respond to your body. We only get one and it’s amazing to discover how many things our bodies can do. Be a true sport athlete. Love who you are in this moment and get excited for all the places your body will take you.

A Good Sport Lesson Video Transcript

Hi, I’m Izy Isaksen , Team USA, Modern Pentathlon, Olympian, US Army Sergeant, and True Sport Ambassador. Today, I want to talk to you about being a good sport. There are three things I’d like you to know. First, real winners act the same toward their opponent, whether they win or lose. Second, follow the rules and be a gracious winner and respectful loser. And third, sportsmanship reveals your true character.

I started competing in Modern Pentathlon eight years after my older sister and three-time Olympian, Margaux Isaksen, began competing. I soon realized that people often compared the two of us. I would overhear spectators and teammates asking, “Who’s the better athlete,” and “Who’s going to beat the other.” Instead of letting outside pressures create a negative experience for us, I chose to practice winning and losing with grace and respect. I know that it would have been easy to let our hyper competitive mindset affect our relationship, but instead we decided to support and cheer for each other, regardless of our own performance. My experience of competing against and being compared to my older sister, taught me to focus on how to perform at my best, rather than putting wasted energy into wishing for others to fail.

I believe that sportsmanship reveals true character. So, no matter what situation I encounter during competition, I know it’s important to always treat people with respect and be a good sport. Remember, be a fierce competitor, find grace in all your victories and losses. And I hope to see you out there.

What Kind of Coach Do You Want to Be? Video Transcript

Edwin Moses: You’re a coach. Maybe what you want is very simple, for everyone to just run in the right direction, score for their own team, to try and try again and again. Maybe you want your athletes to become all stars. You want them to earn trophies, medals, win titles. You want them to reach the highest height their sport allows. And wanting all of that, of course, that’s good. But as every great coach discovers, developing a great athlete means nurturing, nurturing the even greater person within. Truth is, you have even more influence than you know.

You have the ability to affect even deeper change, to take what’s in your hands and do something even more extraordinary. You can be both the coach who provides the skills needed to win the game and the coach who helps them learn and succeed beyond the sport, to become all stars wherever they land in the future, and to enjoy their lives more now, because the confidence and courage they find working with you will stay with them when they need it the most. There are games to be won, lives to change. Coaches have the power to do both.

I’m Edwin Moses, and the lessons I’ve learned through sport have challenged me, guided me, and shaped my life forever. What kind of coach do you want to be?

THE SIMPLE TRUTH: DECODING THE SUPPLEMENT INDUSTRY VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

At first glance, dietary supplements look the same. They seem safe and healthy, but just because the label says a product is a dietary supplement, that doesn’t mean it’s safe. Unfortunately, you can’t tell whether a product is safe or not just by looking at the label. Most vitamins, minerals, fish oil, and other supplements containing nutrients are probably just fine, but supplements are not evaluated or approved by FDA before they are sold. Although it is rare for vitamins or minerals to be contaminated with drugs, there has been at least one case of a vitamin containing an anabolic steroid.

At the other extreme are products that contain drugs, stimulants, anabolic steroids, or other hormones. Even though these are not technically dietary supplements, many of them are labeled as supplements. For example, body-building products sometimes contain anabolic steroids or Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators, known as SARMs, or other hormones. Some pre-workout or energy products contain illegal stimulants like DMAA, ephedra, or other amphetamine-like stimulants. Weight loss products might contain prescription drugs like sibutramine, or hormones, like human chorionic gonadotropin, also known as hCG. All natural or herbal sexual enhancement products might contain hormones or Viagra-like drugs. Products like these can harm your health and career, but they’re for sale online, in some nutrition stores, and they’re labeled as dietary supplements.

When you pick up a supplement, especially one that promises performance enhancement, you don’t know if it belongs in the “Mostly O.K.” pile or in the “Dangerous” pile. After all, two products might look the same, but one might contain just amino acids and other legitimate ingredients, while the other also contains anabolic steroids. Because of this, FDA has issued a warning about certain categories of supplements: body building products, weight loss products, and sexual enhancement products. Be extremely careful when considering a supplement in one of these categories. We strongly recommend that you avoid products in these categories.

Even when FDA tests supplements and finds dangerous ingredients, companies sometimes refuse to recall them. Sometimes, they simply repackage their product and continue selling it under a new name. Just because a product is on a store shelf doesn’t mean it is safe. You need to do your research and be an informed consumer. The dietary supplement industry is enormous. Supplements that appear to be safe could actually be dangerous products in disguise. If you use dietary supplements without doing your research, you may be taking serious risks with your health and your career. Please visit USADA’s Supplement 411 for more information about dietary supplements.

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Team Meals for Away Games With Printable Menu Planner

If your family is like ours and sports is pretty much your life…then you’ll love this list of Team Meals For Away Games with Free Printable Menu Planner ! Enjoy team meals for away games, rather than stressing about all the extra money you’ll spend on food for your trip. You’ll also love the Ultimate Team Dinner Ideas for Large Crowds!

Stay organized and save hundreds of dollars using these yummy team meal ideas! I’ll show you all the tips and tricks I use for saving tons of money! You can save Thousands this year with these other creative money-saving tips too!

During sports season (which happens to be 9 months out of the year)  we do a lot of traveling on the weekends.  On those weekends we can have 4-6 games depending on the schedule.  Crazy isn’t it!?  So we NEED to plan team meals for away games so we can eat well! Eating healthy and staying on a budget has got to be purposeful or it just will not happen.  

Use these sports Mom hacks or it’ll be easier to drive through a fast food joint in between games than to plan and prepare for your trip, but it will break the bank AND it’s not very healthy. Use these meals for away games and the whole gang will be happy and healthy!

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After eating dinner on the go over the years, I’ve learned to commit to planning and preparing most,  if not all of our meals on the road.   I don’t just mean “trail mix”  like stuff (although that’s good too),  but real meals that keep my athletes healthy and fueled.   Since they love to eat out so much I copycat some of the fast foods they like most (in my own healthy way!).  So here are some of the meals and snacks I use:

Good snack, lunch and dinner ideas for sports on the road?

It’s super important that you feed your young athlete well! I make these team snack ideas and also team lunch ideas ALL THE TIME. They are hearty, filling and healthy too!

  • Sub Sandwiches –  Chicken, Bacon Ranch, Veggie, Ham and Cheese (hot and melted Mmm) I keep the ones I want hot in my casserole dish that has a heat pack and a lid…first I wrap the sandwich in foil.  It keeps them warm for hours.
  • Homemade Hot Pockets
  • Breakfast Sandwich  (ham,  cheese,  egg) I keep hot the same as I explained above .
  • Soups /Chili
  • Easy BBQ Chicken Sandwiches ~ These are sooo delish and can be kept either in the 9×13 with a lid OR take along in the crockpot!
  • Homemade Crispy Baked BBQ Chicken Strips
  • Leftover Homemade Pizza (my kids like it cold) with Ranch Dressing for dipping. Or they also love to take along these Mini Pizzas
  • Yogurt Parfait’s with lots of fruit and granola ~ use the little plastic mason jars with screw on lids from below ~ PERFECT!
  • You can also make Healthy Smoothie Cubes ahead of time and freeze for later! Freeze in a disposable cups or in plastic freezer jars (shown below)
  • Sandwich Wraps  (Chicken,  Turkey,   Egg,  Asian,  BBQ Chicken)
  • Good Morning Muffins,  Pumpkin Spice Muffins
  • Fruit and veggies  like apples with peanut butter dip or caramel dip Use the plastic cups with screw on lids for this too!
  • A little junk food ~ Chips,  Dorrito’s,  Popcorn   (oh,  were you thinking this was for my athletes? LOL)

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Travel Ball Sports Food Ideas & Menu Planner

Kitchen appliances, gadgets, and doodads i use:.

Below are all of my favorite things I use to carry our food in. I explain what and how I use each one. These are guaranteed to make your traveling sport life SO MUCH EASIER!

Crockpot / Slow Cooker

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I LOVE to take my Crockpot along on trips where we will be gone the whole day . I use this one now…my old one in the picture above finally gave out! It’s so nice to escape the crazy gym and go out to the car and have a nice healthy meal…quietly.  Bring paper bowls and plastic spoons and a garbage bag and boom…you’re ready.

It’s also fun to invite others from the team to join you too…trust me…you will be the hit of the team with both parents AND athletes if you bring a Crockpot full of yummy food.

It’s super important to have a Crockpot with an outer cover for these trips to keep your food hot.

9 x 13 Pyrex Baking Dish

Pyrex Portables 4-Piece Glass

People ask me about this all the time because it works so well!

Thermos Stainless King 40

The MOST IMPORTANT thing we bring– Coffeeee !  😀 My husband and I are coffee drinkers and we have saved sooo much money by simply bringing along our own coffee.  While everyone else is driving through coffee stands at $4.50 a drink…we are spending pennies!

Oh is that too boring?  You can make your own fancy coffee drinks and put them in a thermos too!

  Cooler

Coleman 30 Can Cooler,

Plastic Bin with a Lid

You need a plastic bin to put your dirty dishes in so that you can just carry them in the house when you get home and throw things in the dishwasher.

Plastic Jars with Lids

Ball Plastic Freezer Jar 8oz Pack of 3

These little plastic jars with screw-on lids are PERFECT for having yogurt and fresh or frozen fruit parfaits! Bring some granola in a zip loc bag and boom…nope you don’t have to drive thru McDonalds!

I wanted to help you be able to plan ahead, so I created this printable for you to use when you have your schedule of games or extracurricular activities.

You also need to make this Homemade Ice Pack for all the little injuries and aches and pains of Traveling Sports!

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We travel 1-2 weekends a month for sports also. But we are often in a hotel. For the long weekends (2-3 nights), I try to bring my “travel kitchen” to the hotel. I have an electric skillet that I can use to make sandwiches, soups, pasta, reheat leftovers, etc. I have been known to bring a hotpot for easy heating of water and some soups, and I have brought a toaster too. Sometimes our hotel doesn’t include free breakfast,or we have games really early and we can’t catch their breakfast. It is easy to make toast,bagel, pancakes, French toast, or eggs, etc. I just have to be mindful of the smoke alarms and not cook smoky things (like a cube steak I made once which was amazing, but put off a lot of steam. I put the skillet on the bathroom counter to avoid setting off the smoke alarm or something.

I also check to see if the hotel includes a mini fridge or microwave for when I plan my hotel menu.

Awww I’ve done that too Bobbi! For the long weekends we used to get a hotel with a kitchen if possible. A couple of times to save money we rented a cheaper room with no kitchen I brought a toaster oven but the smoke alarm went off Whooops! Didn’t do that anymore! Great idea to do it in the bathroom though! Thanks for sharing your great ideas!

Do you plug your crockpot in somehow in your car? I’m confused by this. Or does the food just stay warm in the crockpot even though it’s not plugged in. Thanks for the clarification.

Hi Meredith! Great question. No I don’t plug into my car. I’ve used my crockpot several different ways. If I know that we will be at a certain venue for the day I will find an out of the way corner and plug it in so that it cooks all day at the venue. It must be very out of the way though. Another way I’ve used my crockpot is to have already cooked in it the day before and then left it in the crockpot in frig. overnight. Then in the morning I’ve reheated either in the crockpot or on the stove (depending on what you made) This only takes about 10 min. Then I pour it back into the crockpot and heat the whole crockpot up by turning it on for about an hour so it’s good and hot. The inner part of my crockpot removes from the outer part, so then I remove and put it into the warmer. It will stay warm until lunch time almost always. You definitely need to know game times and venue to make the crockpot work for you. We’ve done this many times though successfully!

This was a great read with lots of helpful tips. Thanks for the encouragement!

You are so welcome Charity, I’m happy it was helpful! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment! Blessings!

As a mom to the boys on travel baseball teams and basketball I LOVE this post! Thank you!

Hi Rebecca! I’m so glad that it is helpful! Have fun with your boys! <3

As a hockey mom I truly appreciate this post!

Great tips for every busy family! Thank you for sharing on the Brag About It link party!

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What to Look For in Travel Softball Teams

What to Look For in Travel Softball Teams

Table of Contents

Getting started with travel softball, the difference between travel softball and little league, which is better for my daughter: rec ball or travel ball, competitive travel softball: key considerations when picking a team, top 7 things to look for in a travel softball team, frequently asked questions, picking a travel softball team – final thoughts.

Travel softball can be one of the most stressful aspects of the sport, especially when it comes to choosing the right team. That’s particularly true for parents and players who are just beginning their travel softball journey, because it can be difficult to know how to evaluate a team and coach.

This guide will help you understand what to look for in a traveling softball team, and will answer some of the most common questions parents have about the process, including:

  • What are the differences between rec ball and travel ball?
  • How do I know which is best for my daughter?
  • What is the true cost of travel softball?
  • How should we choose which travel team to play for?
  • Other frequently asked questions

Joining a traveling softball team can be a great experience, both in terms of enjoyment and player development. But it’s also a major commitment, so it’s important to think carefully about what kind of program is best in your specific situation.

My name is Alexa Peterson. I played four years at the University of Oregon, where I was First Team All-American, played in two Women’s College World Series, and went on to play six years professionally. I can say without a doubt that I wouldn’t have made it to the level I did without travel softball.

I made the switch from Little League/rec ball to travel ball when I was ten years old, and from then on I consistently played at the highest levels possible. By the age of thirteen, I knew I wanted to play NCAA softball, and playing against the best competition was crucial in helping me achieve that dream.

Travel softball is expensive and time consuming. But the reality is that if your goal is to play at the college level — and especially if your goal is to play for a Division 1 program — it’s an important part of the process.

During my travel softball career, I played for some amazing coaches that pushed me to be a better person and athlete, as well as some that didn’t believe in me. And while it’s obviously better to find a coaching staff that believes in you and is committed to nurturing your talent, I was able to learn important lessons and grow in both types of environments.

Before diving into the specific specifics of what to look for, it’s important to understand why you should consider playing travel softball (and why it’s not the right choice for every player in every situation).

Related Reading: Alexa Peterson’s College Softball Recruiting Journey

Recreational softball and competitive travel softball teach many of the same life skills, like teamwork and sportsmanship. But when it comes to things like time commitment and competitiveness, they can be as different as night and day.

Rec Softball/Little League: A Low-Key, Low-Cost and Less-Competitive Environment

“Rec ball” is shorthand for Little League Softball and/or your local city league. The regular season typically runs from March to May, with single games twice per week, and one or two practices per week. You’ll usually stay within a 30 minute radius for games and practices.

Little League, which is the most common rec ball organization, is open to girls ages four through sixteen, and everybody makes a team regardless of their skill level. Coaches are typically parents or grandparents, and the umpires are often volunteers.

This is a great place to learn the rules of the game, to see if your daughter enjoys softball, and to just have fun while learning sportsmanship and the very basics of fundamentals. The cost is typically around $100, which includes a uniform top.

Travel Softball: More Games and Better Competition

Back in the day, if you played travel softball, you were a serious player striving to become an elite athlete, and you had the full intention of playing in college.

Today, softball has grown so much that while there are still teams dedicated to providing elite players the absolute best competition to facilitate skill development, there are actually more and more girls playing travel softball primarily for the fun of it — often because they want to play more than the standard 20-game schedule offered by rec ball.

In general, there is no “regular season” with travel softball — it runs all year long, with club practices once or twice per week during the spring and fall season, and a full slate of weekend tournaments during the later spring and summer season.

Travel softball tourneys are typically Friday through Sunday, with teams playing anywhere from 5-10 games each. Fridays and Saturdays are pool play games, meaning you play a small number of the teams in the tournament, and then get “seeded.” On Sunday, you participate in double-elimination bracket play, with winners always taking home something cool like a trophy, medal, plaque or ring.

The cost for a year of travel softball can range from $500 to $5,000 and up, which includes a full uniform, and sometimes includes equipment. We’ll break the costs down in more detail later.

The answer to that question depends on two main things: her love for the game and your wallet!

If she can’t get enough of softball, wants to travel around for more games, and is excited to play throughout the summer, then travel ball is the way to go.

With that, the cost to play increases. Exactly how much depends on the level of competition your daughter is looking for. The most elite tournament teams (especially at the high school level) travel the farthest and play the most. Less competitive teams tend not to travel quite as far or as often.

When It Comes to Choosing the Right Level, Let Your Daughter Lead the Way

You as a parent cannot choose the level your daughter wants to play at. I’ve seen many parents try, and it never ends well.

If you’re a parent who never played a sport competitively, you might not understand her desire to spend every waking hour at the ballpark. But don’t hold her back if she wants to push herself.

On the other hand, don’t force her to join a competitive travel ball team if she just wants to have fun. Speaking from experience, the game, the desire to compete, and the love of always being challenged… those things are either there or they’re not.

It’s also important that you don’t make your child feel guilty if she tries a competitive team for a year and decides it’s not what she wants. She might have all the natural talent in the world, but if she wants to spend her summers going to birthday parties, having sleepovers and just living life, then let her!

And if she has a hard time deciding what she wants? Well, what a great life skills and bonding opportunity. Talk through the process and help her see the pros and cons of each option. Most importantly, let it be her decision, and make sure she knows you’ll support that decision (even if it’s not what you think is best).

With all of that said, here are some things you need to know about competitive travel softball.

Here are a few of the factors you should consider when evaluating your options and picking a team.

With the top-tier of competitive travelling softball teams, the coaches are generally not related to the players. (Sometimes you’ll find an assistant coach who is a parent, but rarely a head coach.) These coaches have years of experience, and often played many years themselves. They understand the intangibles of the game, and can teach a higher level of mechanics that go beyond the fundamentals.

Competitive travel softball players come to the field every day with the intent to compete, push past their limits, and get themselves to the next level. The fundamentals will already be in place, and there’s no question as to whether they will dive head first to catch a ball.

Many programs are run as a tight ship, with the goal of teaching and preparing their athletes for what college ball will be like: fast paced practices and a strong emphasis on execution.

These teams expect you to take the game seriously: 15 minutes early is on time; you walk into a tournament in an orderly fashion; and you recognize that while there’s a time and place to be goofy, you’re there to get better at softball.

Playing Time

Because the goal of this type of program is to prepare the athlete for college athletics, the teams want to win. At the same time, they also want to focus on player development.

So, during pool play, playing time tends to be more evenly distributed in order to give everyone game experience (as well as the opportunity to be noticed by college coaches, when the time comes for that). But come bracket play on Championship Sunday, the goal is to win and the best players will be on the field with the expectation of dominating the competition.

What You Get

Many high-level programs are fully-sponsored by product manufacturers, or at least get discounted rates on things like uniforms and equipment. In those cases, your club fees might include two or three uniforms, matching bat bags, visors and bats (some teams exclusively swing one brand).

A majority of programs at this level also have their own indoor facility for winter workouts and bad-weather training.

See also: How to Pick the Right Softball Bat

Time Commitment (spoiler alert… HUGE)

When I was playing travel softball as a teenager in Oregon, I had a teammate from Montana who flew in once a month for our team practices. While that’s not very common, driving three hours one way for a practice is totally commonplace. If you live in a big city, chances are that a good program is nearby. But if you live in a smaller area, you may end up putting a lot of miles on your car.

I’m embarrassed to admit this, but I accidentally conditioned myself to fall asleep every time I was in a car for more than 45 minutes. My weekend routine typically looked something like this for travel ball:

  • Wake up at 5 a.m., get in the car and fall asleep for the whole drive there.
  • Play five games
  • Get in the car, and sleep for the whole drive home.

In other words, it’s a lot of time on the road. You, as the parent, are going to be doing the driving. Your daughter, as the player, is going to be pooped. It’s “quality time” in a certain way, but probably not in the way you’re envisioning right now.

Also, since most teams only have one practice per week, there’s an expectation that additional work is being done outside of practice. Hitting, pitching and defensive skills should be worked on roughly four days a week.

The majority of players at this level hire an experienced outside hitting or pitching coach. If you don’t put in this extra work, you will quickly fall behind your teammates and ride the pine (plus risk being cut at the end of season).

Games/Tournaments

There are typically four or five tournaments during October and November. Then, another tournament every weekend from late spring through July or August.

Depending on where you live, you could be spending a ton of time in the car, or even on a plane. The biggest softball hubs are Southern California, Texas and Florida. If you’re not in one of those states, expect to be travelling far and often.

Living in Oregon and playing competitively, I traveled multiple times every summer and fall to play in college exposure tournaments in Southern California.

The True Cost of Travel Softball

Some of you may have fainted after mentally calculating the cost of everything in that last section. But let’s recap…

  • Driving to and from practice
  • Driving or flying to and from games
  • 15 to 20 tournaments per year (with tournament fees)
  • Facility fees to practice on your own
  • Private lessons
  • Top-of-the-line equipment
  • Rental cars

All of that easily runs anywhere from $2,500 to $6,000 a year, making elite travel softball one of the costlier youth sports. Plus, that’s in addition to fees and travel for camps, which many top-tier players also participate in.

Like I said earlier, if you’re in Southern California you might end up paying on the lower end of that range, because your cost for travel will be much lower than someone flying into California every weekend.

Also, keep in mind that many tournament teams have monthly dues of around $200 to play on the team and have access to their training facility. The cost of travel is not included in the monthly dues.

Travel Softball Sometimes Requires Sacrifices

Growing up, I was more on the lower end of the middle class. We always had food on the table, but the effort put in by my parents to facilitate my amateur softball career was exorbitant.

Looking back, I’m so thankful they gave all they did so that I could be successful — it’s something I can never repay them for. I imagine that we could have lived a little more comfortably had I not been playing softball.

For them, it was a matter of priorities. I wanted to play at the highest level I could, and they were willing to sacrifice to make that happen.

If money is a potential concern, you need to consider both your priorities and your daughter’s. Are you prepared and willing to skip “regular” family vacations because your weekends and your travel budget are going into softball?

And does she understand that playing this sport at this level most likely requires trade-offs when it comes to things like friends, clothes, phones, and many of the other things that teens often spend time and money on in high school?

1. Coaching: Are the coaches experienced? How knowledgeable are they, and will they be able to facilitate the proper degree of skill development for their athletes?

Ideally, you don’t want to have parents serving as coaches. If you stumble across a high level program that does, most likely the coach has been around for a long time and is trusted to look after the best interests of the whole roster (not just their own child).

Other important considerations are coaching style, character and overall attitude. Ask former or current players and parents to describe the coaching staff, and see if they would be a good fit for your daughter.

2. Cost : Figure out what your family can afford before you even start looking at options. If team dues seem ridiculously high, make sure you’re getting your money’s worth in terms of equipment, facility use, uniforms, etc. Also, some teams have fundraising opportunities that can bring down the cost to participate. If money is a concern, ask about this ahead of time.

3. Communication : It’s important to have all your questions answered. Feel free to ask about financials (what’s included in team fees, fundraising, etc.), playing time and how it’s divided up, and the coaching staff’s goals and priorities. If the coaches seem wishy-washy about these topics, don’t offer straightforward answers, or seem like they just don’t want to be bothered with the questions, that’s a red flag.

4. Competitiveness : Make sure you understand what level of competition you daughter wants. Does she want to be challenged? Does she want to be on a team that beats everyone 10-0? Is playing time important, or would she prefer to surround herself with the best possible teammates (even if that means less time on the field)? And keep in mind, the level of competitiveness usually coincides with how much work is expected outside of practice.

It’s also important for everyone involved to be honest about the player’s skill level. Joining a team where you’re not among the absolute best players can motivate you and build your work ethic, but joining a team where you get virtually no playing time or attention can hinder your development. This is a delicate balance to strike, but it’s something to keep in mind.

5. Chemistry : Consider the overall chemistry of the program, not just the chemistry among the players. Go to a couple of games and see how the team plays together, and ask to watch the team practice before committing. Overall, you want your daughter to have a good experience — on the field and off — with her teammates and coaches.

Watch and listen to how players respond to the coaches. Do they walk away, rolling their eyes? How do players interact with their parents? Your daughter will be around these girls for months at a time, and they say “you become who you surround yourself with.” So, what’s the vibe of the players? Do they look like they’re having fun, while still getting the job done?

6. College Recruiting : This is for those a little older (freshmen and up). If your daughter is interested in playing college softball, you’ll want to be part of an organization that:

  • Knows the rules surrounding college recruiting
  • Will help educate players and parents about those rules
  • Will be advocates for them during the recruiting process
  • Has connections with college programs

When I was coaching at a Division II school, there were a handful of travel ball coaches I knew well and could really trust to give me honest feedback on a kid as an athlete and a person. Those were the programs I kept going back to.

7. Character Development : Arguably the most important aspect of a program is the character and personal development that will take place. Yes, we want players to get better at softball. But players should walk away from their travel ball experience not only prepared for college athletics, but also for life in general.

Things like being on time, sportsmanship, work ethic, speaking respectfully, putting the team first, uplifting those around you, and attention to detail; those are all crucial life skills that youth sports can help build. Ask the coaching staff their thoughts on this, and what they do to help foster this type of development.

Here are a few questions that many travel softball players and parents ask when joining or switching teams.

Between $500 and $5,000 per year (with an average of about $2,000), depending on where you live, the level of competition, and the time commitment. On the low end, a $500 budget may be enough to cover your team fees and play in local tournaments with lesser competition. But if you need to travel far to get to competitive or college exposure tournaments (nearly every weekend during the summer plus multiple tournaments in the fall), it’s not unheard of to spend $5,000 per season.

Highly-competitive programs need to have high-level coaches. The majority of those programs cover their coaches’ travel expenses as an incentive. A few coaches who work for franchised organizations will get paid and actually make a small profit for their time.

Levels are separated by age and skill level. Age brackets are 8U (8-years-old and under), 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U. Within each age level there are three letters that designate the skill level: “A” is the highest level in a particular age group, followed by “B” (average) and “C” (kids who are playing mostly for fun). It’s also increasingly common for elite travel softball organizations to have two 18U teams, with the highest level designated as “18 Gold.” There are no tournaments for which classification as an “18 Gold” team is mandatory for entry — these teams participate in the same high-level tournaments as A-level teams.

There are multiple organizations that host tournaments around the United States. The main ones are USSSA (United States Specialty Sports Association — pronounced U-Triple-S-A), PGF (Premier Girls’s Fastpitch, USA (Formerly ASA), Triple Crown, and NSA (National Softball Association). A majority of these tournaments are qualifiers for the organization’s national tournament, where the top teams from different regions compete in one location.

At tryouts, you should expect to be tested on your home-to-first sprint time, your home-to-home sprint time, and your overhand throwing speed. There’s usually a brief hitting session (front toss), as well as defensive reps and throws based on your position. Catchers usually have 2-3 reps to throw to each base, while pitchers are usually given the opportunity to throw all their pitches and have their speeds checked by radar. Every year, most teams host an open tryout, where anyone interested in joining has an opportunity to be evaluated by the coaching staff. Some teams charge a small fee for this tryout. Often, good organizations will reach out to a player that caught their eye and invite them to come to the open tryout. Travel softball teams will also sometimes have two different dates options for tryouts, so that athletes can attend the one that best fits their schedule.

I enjoyed my time as a travel softball player, but it wasn’t always easy — for me or my family. Still, I wouldn’t trade those times for anything… and I wouldn’t be where I am today without those experiences.

There’s a lot that goes into deciding what travel softball team to play for. I hope that this guide was informative and helped you understand what to look for, so that you can make the best choice for your family and have as rewarding of an experience as I did.

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Spring berry moscow mule.

Today, I am serving up a fresh, Spring cocktail with a twist on an old favorite: a Spring Berry Moscow Mule. Muddled berries mixed in a spicy, tangy cocktail? Yes, please!

Spring has arrived in the Golden Isles, bringing with it an abundance of sunshine, lovely gusts of wind and the occasional rain shower. Beach season is on and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate after a tough day by the ocean.

Tasty fresh berries abound, too. So, I created this drink as nod to all things Spring. Bubbly and bright, this tasty beverage is super easy to make, too.

The Spring Berry Moscow Mule starts with muddled berries in a chilled, shiny copper mule mug. You can make it any glass, but these copper mugs are so fun and they keep your drink icy longer. Then, I add ice, lime juice and vodka. I give it a good stir at this point. Finally, I top it all off with ginger beer. Make it even more fun by garnishing your cocktail with fresh berries.

Serve up this refreshing Spring cocktail at your next happy hour! Cheers!

Spring Berry Moscow Mule

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of mixed berries plus some for garnishing
  • 4 oz vodka I love Tito's
  • 2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 8 oz alcoholic ginger beer

Instructions

  • Divide berries among 2 chilled copper mule mugs. Muddle gently.
  • Add ice, vodka and lime juice. Stir
  • Top with ginger beer.
  • Garnish with fresh berries.

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Wrapping up the 2024 scholastic softball season with our awards

With another scholastic softball season in the books, the Courier-Post takes a look back at some of brightest gems to play on the diamond this spring.

Player of the Year: Hannah Weismer, Kingsway

Hannah Weismer thrives in the big situations.

Facing some of the area’s top pitchers in the clutch, that’s when the slugger wants to be in the batter’s box.

And Weismer has the results to show it.

The junior third baseman hit .474 with 13 home runs and 33 RBIs for the Kingsway Regional High School softball team. Her offensive production and game-changing defense at the hot corner earned Weismer the Courier-Post Player of the Year honor.

“She always wants to be up at the plate in the big spots,” Kingsway head coach Jill Ward said. “She’s been playing against high-level competition her entire life. I think her ability to stay calm in those big situations is a big key.”

Already regarded as one of South Jersey’s toughest outs, Weismer wanted to add a little more pop to her swing. She added more muscle with work in the weight room and made slight adjustments to her swing.

“You have to learn how to swing harder, but still stay controlled,” Weismer said. “I also concentrated on attacking pitches early in the count and I think that helped a lot. I wanted to focus on having more power and hitting more gaps.”

Weismer’s 13 homers were the most by a Dragon since Kelsey Dominik hit 11 in 2012. Two of her homers came off Egg Harbor Township's Madison Dollard and one off Notre Dame's Rylee Michalak, who is regarded as one of the top pitchers in the Garden State. Weismer also added a career-high 10 doubles.

For her career, Weismer boasts a .448 batting average with 25 homers in three seasons to go along with 113 hits and 99 RBIs.

While her bat makes plenty of noise, Weismer’s glove work can be just as impactful. With a Kingsway pitching staff that produces plenty of ground balls, her work at the hot corner can put the chill on opposing offenses.

“Hands down, she’s the best third baseman I’ve seen as a coach,” Ward said. “Her reaction time is insane.”

Pitcher of the Year: Madison Dollard, Egg Harbor Township

Madison Dollard learned a valuable lesson this season.

When those pesky hitters adjust to how a pitcher is trying to get them out, it’s on the pitcher to modify her game.

And that’s exactly what the Egg Harbor Township senior did.

The right-hander won 20 games with a 1.15 ERA and struck out a career-high 266 batters, leading the Eagles to their third straight Cape-Atlantic League Tournament title and a berth in the South Jersey Group 4 final.

For her accomplishments, Dollard is the Courier-Post’s South Jersey Pitcher of the Year.

“You gotta give them something they’re not expecting,” Egg Harbor Township head coach Kristi Troster said. “It wasn’t a secret that (Dollard’s) curve was her best pitch. When hitters started looking for it, she said ‘I’m going back to the drawing board.' She was willing to adjust.

“We would both watch film and develop a game plan. That’s a student of the game and that is something she’s really grown into.”

Few can argue with the results.

Dollard was dialed-in during the biggest moments of the season, keeping hitters guessing at the plate.

From May 10 on, the senior made nine starts, holding opponents to one earned run or fewer in eight of those turns. She also won eight of those decisions, including back-to-back one-hitters against Vineland and St. Joseph en route to the CAL Tournament crown.

Also included during the stretch was a career-high 19-strikeout performance against Absegami as well as two more one-hitters against Audubon and Southern.

Troster said a tough 2-1 loss at Kingsway on April 20 was the best game Dollard threw in her career. She struck out 16 and allowed three knocks to a heavy-hitting Dragon lineup.

Dollard finished her scholastic career with a sub-1.00 ERA and a 0.852 WHIP along with 753 strikeouts in over 500 innings of work.

“She’s a competitor, a pure athlete,” Troster said.

Dollard will attend Farleigh Dickinson in the fall.

Coach of the Year: Megan Mason, Gloucester

Getting the most out of the talent on the roster is something that Megan Mason has managed to do ever since she landed the position as Gloucester head coach in 2015.

And this spring, Mason completed her best performance.

The former Gloucester standout led the Lions to the state Group 2 title, the program’s first since 2009, utilizing an air-tight defense, clutch pitching and timely hitting with a young roster that included just three seniors.

Gloucester finished with a 21-5 record. Eight victories were by two-or-fewer runs, including a 1-0 win over Haddon Heights in the South Jersey final and a 3-2 triumph against Ramsey in the state final.

Team of the Year: Vineland

Coming off a 13-win season last spring, the Fighting Clan were one of the biggest surprises of the season, capturing the Cape-Atlantic League American and South Jersey Group 4 titles.

Under head coach Mike Reed, Vineland had one of the most electrifying offenses in the state, posting 223 runs and 85 stolen bases in 29 games.

The result was a 26-3 record, a program-record for wins in a season, including a 4-3 victory over Egg Harbor Township in the South Jersey Group 4 sectional championship. The team advanced to the state final, where it dropped a 6-4 decision to Watchung Hills.

Final Mean 15 rankings

Vineland (26-3)

Egg Harbor Township (20-10)

Kingsway (23-3)

St. Joseph (21-9)

Gloucester (21-5)

Northern Burlington (23-5)

Paul VI (20-9)

Moorestown (22-6)

Haddon Heights (15-9-1)

Haddon Township (21-7)

Cinnaminson (19-9)

Audubon (18-6)

Cherokee (15-9-1)

Lenape (13-11)

West Deptford (17-9)

Tom McGurk is a regional sports reporter for the Courier-Post, The Daily Journal and Burlington County Times, covering South Jersey sports for over 30 years. If you have a sports story that needs to be told, contact him at (856) 486-2420 or email  [email protected] . Follow him on Twitter at @McGurkSports. Help support local journalism with a digital subscription.

This article originally appeared on Cherry Hill Courier-Post: Our Softball Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, Coach of the Year and final Mean 15 rankings

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  1. 20 Hot & Cold Lunch Ideas for Sports Tournaments

    Chili Dogs - pack the chili in one container and hot dogs in another. Bring buns and condiments (I stock up on packets of mustard and ketchup at fast food joints so I can just bring those). Franks & Beans. Tavern Sandwiches - just bring some buns and you're all set! Chili - Serve with corn chips and shredded cheese.

  2. Nutrition 101: Pre-game Meals & Snacks

    Packing some healthy snacks ahead of time is a quick, easy solution to help keep your energy levels up between games. While I am no nutritionist, here are some of my favorite pre-game meals and snacks: 1. Peanut Butter. Peanut butter is easy to pack and can be put on anything from sandwiches to apples to celery to bananas to a spoon.

  3. Best Softball Snack Ideas for Games and Tournaments

    Quick and easy post-game snack ideas for softball players include: Granola bars with low-fat chocolate milk. Ham and cheese wrap with sports drink. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich with low-fat milk. Fig bars, jerky, and sports drink. String cheese, pretzels, banana, sports drink. Sports bar with sports drink.

  4. 30 Baseball and Softball Team Snack Ideas

    Veggie Dip Cups - Use short, clear plastic cups filled halfway with ranch dip and insert various colorful veggie sticks (carrots, celery, peppers) along with a team flag. (Make flags with straws and paper cutouts). Mini Carrot Bags - Add a veggie dip, hummus or a bag of crackers. Edamame - Great with a drizzle of soy sauce or a sprinkle of salt.

  5. 20 Essentials to Pack for Tournaments

    Take some cash to avoid a trip to the ATM. 8. Hand Wipes and Hand Sanitizer. Nowadays, hand wipes and hand sanitizer are a must. The bathrooms could be too far away, lines may be too long, they could be out of soap, or all of the above. 9. Children's Ibuprofen. The kid's version and some for the grown-ups too. 10.

  6. The Ultimate Baseball Tournament Packing List (+ Travel Items)

    Food-Related Items For Your Baseball Tournament Packing List. 11. Extra Water. When you're likely to be at the field for several hours, have a couple of these extra (insulated) water jugs with you because the sun and heat will make you and your player thirsty! 12.

  7. 10 Healthy Ballpark Snacks for Spectators

    Pistachios. Because many children suffer from peanut allergies, most ballparks are no longer selling peanuts. A delicious substitute which is also one of the lowest calorie and lowest fat nut is pistachios. Pistachios are filling because they boast protein, healthy fat and fiber and compared to just 15 chips, you get 49 pistachios for one serving.

  8. 20 Hot & Cold Lunch Ideas for Sports Tournaments

    Meal ideas for packing lunches for baseball, softball, soccer and other sports tournaments. Some of you may know this, but if you didn't, I'm a Baseball and Softball Mom! I even started another blog about it! Don't get too excited about that because I've put it on the back burner for a bit. This blog, South Your Mouth, my baby, suffered ...

  9. Sports Tournament and Traveling Nutrition Guide

    Here is a good template to use when building a balanced meal: 1-2 palm-sized portions of protein. 1-2 handful-sized portions of carbohydrates. 1-2 thumb-sized portions of healthy fat. 1+ fist ...

  10. Softball Nutrition During Tournament Season

    Aim to Eat. High calorie healthy breakfast. A few scrambled eggs, a serving of fruit, sliced potatoes and a big glass of water and/or orange juice will get you ready for game one. Something light ...

  11. How to Make a Softball Tournament fun for the Whole Family

    A cooler with fresh cut-up fruit, watermelon, grapes, fruit salad is a wonderful alternative to junk food at the concession stands. Pack plenty of water for the day too. Save some money by packing your lunch. The How To Best Prepare Your Car For Travel Softball post will help you with some ideas of picnic-friendly things to pack for games.

  12. Snacks,meals,drinks for tournaments, What are some ideas?!?

    43. Energy balls are one of the favorites. Just Google a recipe, usually some combination of oats, peanut butter, flaxseed, honey, etc. Other things I sometimes bring are hardboiled eggs, string cheese, gogurts, strawberries, applesauce pouches, peanut butter and graham crackers. I will also pick up a pack of wraps, a bag of Caesar salad, and a ...

  13. What To Pack In A Tournament Cooler

    During The Tournament. A cooler with food and snacks that are easily digestible and appetizing for the all-day athlete will keep them energized and ready to compete. Low-fat granola bars, fresh fruit (like pineapple, watermelon, or oranges), low-fat yogurt, nut butter sandwiches, a handful of trail mix, string cheese, and bagels are all great ...

  14. Team Meals for Away Games

    It keeps them warm for hours. Homemade Hot Pockets. Breakfast Sandwich (ham, cheese, egg) I keep hot the same as I explained above. Soups /Chili. Easy BBQ Chicken Sandwiches ~ These are sooo delish and can be kept either in the 9×13 with a lid OR take along in the crockpot! Homemade Crispy Baked BBQ Chicken Strips.

  15. 33 Travel ball food ideas

    Feb 20, 2020 - Explore Beth Flanagan's board "travel ball food" on Pinterest. See more ideas about food, softball tournaments, sports snacks.

  16. What to Look For in Travel Softball Teams

    7. Character Development: Arguably the most important aspect of a program is the character and personal development that will take place. Yes, we want players to get better at softball. But players should walk away from their travel ball experience not only prepared for college athletics, but also for life in general.

  17. Delicious Softball Food Ideas for Traveling Games

    Fuel your softball team with delicious and convenient food options while traveling for games. Explore top ideas for tasty snacks, meals, and drinks that will keep your team energized and ready to win.

  18. 25 Essentials to Pack for Travel Sports

    17. Lip Balm/Chapstick. We always gets chapped lips in the hot sun or the cold so having a tube of lip balm in our bags is a must for everyone in our family at the fields. 18. Adidas Backpack. My daughter has a backpack similar to this to hold all of her soccer essentials for practices, games and tournaments.

  19. 43 Travel & snacks for softball ideas

    May 27, 2015 - Explore Ashley May's board "travel & snacks for softball" on Pinterest. See more ideas about travel snacks, snacks, road trip with kids.

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    Answer 1 of 8: Am going on a package for 2 weeks. Fly to Moscow then a river boat cruise( Dr. Zhivago) to St. Petersburg. A few excursions on the way. Spend time in St. Petersburg for normal tourisy things. Has anybody already done this and could they suggest some...

  24. Viktor Orban provokes EU anger with trip to meet Putin in Moscow

    Hungary's prime minister has sparked anger in the EU by agreeing to meet Vladimir Putin in Moscow, in what appears to be an attempt to negotiate on Ukraine.. Viktor Orban's trip was reported by an investigative journalist and confirmed by various EU and Hungarian officials, one of whom told Radio Free Europe it would be happening on Friday.

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    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's trip to Kyiv and reported plans to visit Moscow show that Budapest will take a "creative" approach toward its presidency of the Council of the EU, an expert ...

  26. Travel ideas

    Answer 1 of 8: Am going on a package for 2 weeks. Fly to Moscow then a river boat cruise( Dr. Zhivago) to St. Petersburg. A few excursions on the way. Spend time in St. Petersburg for normal tourisy things. Has anybody already done this and could they suggest some...

  27. The Story Behind Why Moscow Mules Are Served In Copper Mugs

    Many cocktails have rather mysterious origins, like the popular Bahama Mama and, of course, the Moscow Mule. Two cities claim to have created it, and the only thing they can agree on is the date ...

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    Egg Harbor Township's Madison Dollard delivers a pitch during the Cape-Atlantic League softball tournament final between Egg Harbor Township and St. Joseph played in Hammonton on Monday, May 20, 2024.

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    Other EU leaders have expressed concern over media reports that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban may be meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Friday.. Mr Orban - whose country now holds the EU rotating presidency - is the bloc's only head of national government to have kept close ties to the Kremlin following its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022.

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    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán arrives in Moscow for talks with Putin, a rare visit from a European leader.