Recommended Reading List for the Thinking Sports Parent

I am a big reader and always looking to educate myself, and anyone else within lawn chair distance, on kids and sports (not necessarily in that order), so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that I read a lot of books about kids and sports. I’ve found some really good titles and now present the Trophy Mom’s Recommended Reading List for the Thinking Sports Parent. We’ll save the inspirational biographies for another day–these titles are thought-provoking and informative and might challenge you to think about youth sports in a different way. All of these books are worthy of purchasing and I own some of them, but since I work at a public library, I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you that you could save some coin by borrowing one of these from your local library. Read the rest of this entry »


Do you feel lucky?

Today, we’re talking lucky t-shirts, chicken sacrifice and respecting the streak. Plus I have a fun giveaway for you.

One of the first things you learn when you engage in sports is that preparation and skill only go so far. To perform really well or win the game, you’ve got to have a little luck on your side. OK, so maybe that’s not really true, but believing it makes it so, according to a recently published article in the Psychological Science journal. The New York Times writer Gretchen Reynolds spells it out, and explains that yes, the lucky socks thing really does work, as long as you don’t go overboard.

If you are the parent of a kid on a win streak and trying to convince your superstar to wash her lucky socks, Detroit Tiger Jim Leyland didn’t do you any favors when he confessed to wearing the same (unwashed) underwear for 12 straight games. Believe me, he didn’t do Mrs. Leyland any favors, either. Baseball players are notoriously superstitious, which has been well documented in classic movies like Bull Durham and Major League. In fact, a couple high school players in Texas tried the chicken thing and got kicked off the team. Read the rest of this entry »


Odor Gladiator giveaway winners!

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Time to announce the winners of the Odor Gladiator Facebook giveaway.

Drum roll, please . . . .
The winners are:
PJ Bye
Liza Beautz Turner
Terri Callison-Collins

Congratulations! To claim your prize, please email Mike Morneault at Mike [at] OdorGladiator[ dot] com

I hope you enjoy your Odor Gladiator!


Last day for Odor Gladiator contest

Odor Gladiator

Super stink fighter

Today’s the last day for you to “like” the Odor Gladiator Facebook  page for your chance to win one of these awesome little stink fighters. I’ll be drawing three lucky winners tonight. To learn more about Odor Gladiator, visit their website, or read my review.


Updates from the Trophy Mom

An update on my last two posts:

Keeping Kids Safe

Head over to MomsTeam for a new post, Jabs #13: Making Youth Hockey Safer In Wake of Jablonski Tragedy, by respected Minnesota coach Hal Tearse. Our mindset needs to change, rules should protect kids and parents, coaches and officials need to be more responsible.

Also, read up on Jack’s Pledge , a movement started to encourage players to take a minute and think about safe play on the ice before they get caught up in the action.

Odor Gladiator Contest

And, don’t forget to like the Odor Gladiator Facebook page for a chance to win an Odor Gladiator for your hockey bag, lacrosse bag, gym locker, laundry room, etc. We’ll be drawing winners on January 23.


Product Review: the Odor Gladiator

hockey bag in backI know how much athletic equipment stinks. With a collection of hockey, softball/baseball or soccer bags in the car I have driven home with the windows down, lest I pass out behind the wheel from noxious fumes. Mike Morneault has four kids and every bit as much stink so he set to work and came up with the Odor Gladiator™, a patented athlete-customized high-performance deodorizer that battles stench right there in the equipment bag. Mike and I have bonded over kids, sports and stink and he took pity on me, and my unfortunate nose, and sent us an Odor Gladiator™ to test out. Never ones to shrink from a challenge, we tried it out on the stinkiest kid in the house, the 17-year old boy, and put it to the test in his hockey bag. Keep reading to see what we thought, and find out how you can win an Odor Gladiator™.
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Product review: The HockeyTUL

A few weeks ago I blogged about the hockey emergency kit. You know, that stuff you have stashed in your bag or car in case someone breaks/loses/needs something and can’t play. My fabulous readers (that would be y’all) had a couple suggestions via comments and email but the best one came from Phil Simeon of Northern Freeze Hockey. Phil suggested I check out the HockeyTUL, which he said is an extremely nifty thing. Bill from the HockeyTUL was following our conversation on Twitter and offered to send me a couple HockeyTULs to try out. So enough with the backstory. Let’s get down to the testing! Read the rest of this entry »