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    Need some advice...We have an 11u travel team that during weekend tournaments will play multiple games during both Saturday/Sunday, some games are back to back, however some will have as much as a three hour break in between. Looking for recommendations on food once they start playing.

    Luckily, my son likes oatmeal in the morning for a good start (which we are trying to get all the kids to do) and stick to water throughout the day (not a big fan of sports drinks unless it is after competition). The parks we play at offer hot dogs/hamburgers, nachos, churros and other quality choices.

    We have been trying to encourage sliced oranges and the like. Recommendations? Protein bars that are not disguised as candy bars?

    Thanks, Marty

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    • #3
      I like to eat some pasta before games. I have stuck with this like Wade Boggs and chicken. I think this helps me during the game.






      Erik,

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      • #4
        Bring things like breakfast bars, chicken, raw vegetables and fruit for between games. Stay away from the concession stand. On long breaks try to convince the parents McDonald's (and similar) is not a good idea.

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        • #5
          In our HS double headers, I tell them, "it isn't Thanksgiving and so, don't plan for a feast." I would say that I'd expect a small sandwich, some gatoraid and a banana. The Banana is very important in my opinion.

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          • #6
            A couple of ham or turkey sandwiches on whole wheat bread.

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            • #7
              The skinny ones eat cheeseburgers, if they are not tall, get some milk. The fat ones get a salad. Unless he's your #4 hitter. Get him a cheesebuger.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by skipper5
                Why do you care what food these kids eat?

                There's a word for this: controlling.
                What the kids eat between games can have an affect on their performance. Especially if there are three or four games in a day in a tournament. If you're a coach and don't know that you need to get educated. If you're a parent you're not helping your kid.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by TG Coach View Post
                  What the kids eat between games can have an affect on their performance. Especially if there are three or four games in a day in a tournament. If you're a coach and don't know that you need to get educated. If you're a parent you're not helping your kid.
                  Well said.

                  We only allow a small sandwich (cold cut turkey, ham, etc.), fruit, breakfast/energy bar, and water and/or sports drinks in our dugout between games. During the game it is only water and/or sports drinks (Gatorade, etc.).

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                  • #10
                    Turkey is a bad choice of meat in between a game. It contains Tryptophan which makes you sleepy. It will suck the life right out of you. I suggest ham or an italian. The meats contain salt to replenish the body. I always like green tea with ginseng and honey as my drink. That fuels my body and gives me a second burst of energy for the second game. It makes me real alert for some reason. I don't get the downer either that you may get with caffeine in coffee.

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                    • #11
                      Turkey contains barely any, if any more tryptophan than beef and other meats. It should not dictate your choice of meat. The reason you get sleepy after thanksgiving is the huge load of carbs you eat with that turkey, which many drink some sort of alchohol with it.

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