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Here’s the schedule for the Jan 5th tournament:
Directions to HOA events: https://hoavb.org/wp/juniors/directions/
To go along with all of the Chiefs excitement in clenching a Playoff birth, Invasion put together a fun and easy fundraiser for the teams/players. We had a special KC Chiefs t-shirt designed to sell to all our KC fans during this incredibly exciting season! Below is the design. The shirt is a soft, Bella t-shirt.
Here’s how the fundraiser works:
- Players sell/take orders for the Chiefs shirts (pictured above) and collect $15 per shirt (additional costs for the larger sizes). The cost of the shirts is $8 each (additional cost for the larger sizes). The players will earn the $7 difference.
- The parent reps will collect all player forms and submit the team total order form along with the money no later than Dec.20th.
- The vendor has estimated a delivery date of shirts by Jan. 2nd.
I’ve attached the order form for players to collect their orders. With this fundraiser, Invasion will not be keeping track of individual player totals. This will be solely with the team and players.
If you have any questions, please let me know. I will collect our team forms on Thursday Night Practice, December 20th.
The document Chiefs_Fundraiser_shirt.pdf was attached to this post.
Sorry for the confusion today, I was in birthday mode and forgot to do the name exchange. We are going to instead do the drawing electronically through the website drawnames.com. Please accept this invitation if you’d like to participate prior to December 11th. We will do the exchange on Sunday, December 16th instead of the Thursday. Give everybody a few more days to get together. Again sorry!
Bowies, you should get an inviation for both girls. If you don’t let me know right away.
Coach Benne thought that it would be really fun for the girls to do a Secret Santa Gift Exchange. We were thinking a gift in the $5-$10 range.
If you’d like to participate we will draw names this Sunday and then do the exchange at practice on thursday.
It’s that time of year…FLU SEASON!! We had a lot of athletes out last season with the Flu, Strep, Mono, etc. Please make sure your helping with athlete stay healthy by following some of these helpful tips below:
Five Fast Tips to Help Your Athlete Strike Out the Flu
By Harley Rotbart, MD
Five prevention tips
So what can you do to help keep your superstar in the game and off the sidelines? Here are five fast tips to help keep the flu at bay.
Vaccinate! The first step in protecting against the flu is to get the flu vaccine. If you haven’t already done so this year, it’s not too late to get everyone in your family vaccinated. The CDC recommends that all healthy children, over the age of six months, get vaccinated. Not sure where to go? Visit this easy-to-use online flu vaccine locator at http://flushot.healthmap.org/.
No sharing! I know, I know … you’ve been trying for years to get your kids to share. But it’s not a good idea during flu season. Germs that cause colds and flu are easily spread, as they can survive on surfaces for up to 72 hours. Insist that your kids only use their own water bottles, and don’t borrow an already opened one from a teammate. And in case a friend runs out of water, pack a few extra disposable bottles in your kid’s equipment bag. (See, they can share after all!).Boys shaking hands with basketball in background
Look Ma, No Hands! While the high-five hand slap is a longstanding celebratory tradition, suggest that your player try a hands-free version. Foot taps or a leaping shoulder-to-shoulder bump are equally fun and much safer since they lower the chance of passing along germs. And when they line up to shake hands with the opposition after the game, an elbow bump is much better than a palm slap. Just to be extra safe, keep a bottle of alcohol hand sanitizer in your kids’ sports bag for them to use after the game – whether they’ve high-fived or not.
Wipe It Up! Using an EPA-registered disinfectant to wipe down hard surfaces and plastic equipment like hockey sticks, face masks and shin guards will help kill viruses and bacteria. You can also donate canisters of disinfecting wipes to your child’s coach or trainer so that they have them handy to use as well. Many coaches use their own money for supplies, so a flu season care package with hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and tissues will be greatly appreciated!
Creative Coughing and Musical Washing! While you certainly want your child to “cover up” when coughing or sneezing, viruses cling tightly to bare hands. Teach kids to cough or sneeze into their elbow. When they get home, especially before their snack, make sure they wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds…or the time it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.
Other prevention tips
Off the field, a number of factors can lessen the likelihood that your all-star will be knocked out by the flu. Most important are a healthy diet of nutritious food (rich in vitamin C), good hydration, plenty of sleep, and bundling up to fit the weather (yes, Grandma was right!). If their bodies are weary or chilled, they are much more vulnerable to illness – but the right food, proper clothing, hydration and rest can help strengthen the immune system.
Take charge. Coach your kids to follow these tips so their sports seasons are less likely to be disrupted by the flu.
Harley Rotbart, M.D., is a nationally-renowned parenting expert, pediatrician, speaker and educator. He serves on the advisory boards of Parents Magazine and Parents.com, and previously was a member of the advisory board of Children’s Health Magazine. Dr. Rotbart has been named to Best Doctors in America every year since 1996, and has received numerous other national awards for research, teaching and clinical work. He is the author of: No Regrets Parenting; Germ Proof Your Kids; and, The On Deck Circle of Life, as well as more than 175 medical and scientific publications. Dr. Rotbart is currently working with Clorox to share tips for preventing the flu.