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Proper nutrition and hydration are vital for our children’s optimal performance in sports. Here’s why managing nutrition and hydration is crucial and how we can support them:

  • Fuel for Performance: Adequate nutrition provides the energy and nutrients our children need to perform at their best. Ensure they have a balanced diet that includes carbohydrates for energy, protein for muscle repair and growth, and healthy fats.

  • Maintaining Optimal Body Weight: Encourage healthy eating habits to help your child maintain an ideal body weight, which can be important for their performance in various sports.

  • Enhancing Recovery: After intense exercise, proper nutrition and hydration aid in the recovery process by supplying essential nutrients and fluids to repair muscle tissue and replenish glycogen stores.

  • Improving Focus and Cognitive Function: Good nutrition supports cognitive function, helping your child stay focused and mentally sharp, which is crucial for many sports.

  • Reducing Injury Risk: Proper nutrition and hydration contribute to overall health and well-being, providing essential nutrients to support healthy bones, joints, and tissues. This, in turn, can help reduce the risk of injuries.

  • Minimizing Fatigue and Heat Stress: Dehydration and electrolyte imbalances can lead to fatigue and increased risk of heat stress, especially during physical activity. Ensure your child stays adequately hydrated and consumes electrolytes as needed.


It’s important to remember that nutrition and hydration requirements can vary based on the specific sport, activity level, and environmental conditions. Work together with coaches and your child to develop an individualized nutrition and hydration plan that takes these factors into account. By doing so, you can support your child in reaching their full athletic potential while promoting their overall health and well-being.


If a team wishes to provide snacks during half time at games, snack choices should focus on hydrating and fueling players. 


Here are some healthy snack options:

  • Fresh fruit (oranges, pears, apples, bananas, seedless grapes, watermelon, cantaloupe, mango, pineapple, kiwi, plums, or berries such as strawberries and raspberries)

  • Raw vegetables (carrots, peppers,or snap peas)

  • Granola bars and bites

  • Water

Note: Snacks are not allowed to be eaten on Turf fields.  Snacks must be consumed off the field as per the City of Delta field rules.

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