Saving money in youth sports is something I firmly support. That being said, remember that you get what you pay for, and sometimes getting the less expensive option is not always the best investment.
For these five items, cheaper is not always better:
- Athletic shoes. You don’t have to go for the Air Jordans or whatever it s they are wearing these days, but keep in mind that the wrong shoes with improper support can inhibit physical output and even increase the likelihood of injury. Footwear is the foundation of performance, so look for athletic shoes that are sturdy, lightweight, and breathable. Don’t just run to Walmart and get the cheapest brand, look for sales on high quality shoes.
- Protective gear. The equipment your child wears while participating in sports is key to preventing injuries.Do your homework on the safest gear for your athlete, especially when it comes to your child’s head and eyes. Be sure your child’s football or hockey team has helmets to standard and that it fits your child properly.When it comes to eye protection, remember that the most protective eye gear is made from a plastic called polycarbonate and has been tested especially for sports use.
- Comfortable bleacher chair. I am totally serious about this. For the sake of your back and your butt, invest in a bleacher chair that gives you the support you need for hours of sitting.
- Sturdy, rolling cooler. Sturdy for plenty of hard knocks, plenty of trips. Rolling to save your back. And a cooler to bring lots of water and healthy food and drinks that will keep your kids away from the snack bar.
- Memory-making equipment. Either invest in a good camera or a good phone with a camera and video aps. Record the moments, the fun, and the victories, because someday all you will have left are memories aided by pictures and videos. Don’t “should” on yourself. I should have taken more pics. I should have videoed more of their games. Every dime you spend on memory-making equipment is worth it.
Is there anything else that you would not scrimp on when it comes to your child’s sports?
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