Welcome to my new website! Please join me this Spring and Summer for all the sports fun and fitness your family can handle!! I guarantee my new programs will instill confidence and build self-esteem in your child. CDG Sports programs were specifically designed with your child in mind. I take an approach from a kid's point of view - their goals, desires, needs and how we can best meet them. My business motto is "Sports for All, All for Fun". Together let's help our kids stay active, healthy and strong, now and for the future. Coach Dave Gray, CDG Sports
Flag football is an excellent way to learn the fundamental skills of football without the physical contact. Passing, receiving, running the ball, and offensive/defensive skills will be enhanced through this fast paced, high-action sport. Champions Flag League is open to boys and girls ages 6 to 13. All players will be matched by age, and compete on teams of up to ten players.
Ready, Set, Run! is a character-building running program that trains kids ages 8-13 to participate in a 5k run. This curriculum-based program equips kids with the physical training and goal-setting mentality needed to accomplish their running goals.
Please read this blog post – it’s powerful, and provides a perspective into what and how our children may be feeling and how we as mentors and coaches can make a positive impact in their lives…Coach Dave
Remember P.E. class? Do you remember how you felt about taking a break from the mental exercise of math and science to give your body a chance to move? Some students can’t wait to escape their desk chairs to run, jump, and play. Others dread this hour of the day more than going to the dentist. They dread being picked last, being laughed at, being marginalized, and made to feel inferior.
We recently received the following open letter from a runner named Jane:
Open Letter to my Former P.E. Teachers:
You missed your opportunity. You had a runner in your class. You had someone who LOVES running right in front of you and you didn’t give her the time of day. Instead, what you saw was an overweight, shy, introverted girl. You dismissed her, and so many others like her.
We asked IYCA Expert Dr. Chris Mohr to provide the top 4 Sports Nutrition Resolutions Athletes MUST Keep… and this is what he shared:
I will eat breakfast daily. Unfortunately most teenagers leave the house without eating or drinking anything. You can’t think without fuel. You can’t physically function well without fuel. Imagine you have an upcoming game – we’ll use football as an example. Normally you’re on the offensive line. However, this time your coach wants you to play QB. Here’s the problem – you’ve never practiced. You don’t know any of the plays. And you can’t really throw that well either.
Not eating breakfast and then being asked to “perform” in the classroom and on the field, pool, or court is like being thrown into a position you’ve never trained for. You’ll not function well. You’ll not perform like you should. And you may even get hurt. Fuel up for the day by starting off with a smart breakfast.
I will skip the energy drinks and instead get a more sound sleep each night. Energy drinks are loaded with caffeine and sugar – two ingredients teens surely don’t need more of. Instead, make sure you’re getting adequate rest – that means you’re not texting at night, you’re not on your computer immediately before going to bed, and you’re phones are off to not disturb you as you sleep soundly.
I will replace the soft drinks in my diet with water. Let’s face it, teens drink too much sugar. Liquid calories from soft drinks, slushies, energy drinks, etc lead to weight gain and replace healthier food options since soft drinks can fill you up. So skip the soft drinks and instead pick up a bottle of water.
Include some protein with each meal and snack. Most people don’t eat enough protein in the morning and afternoon and instead lump it together at dinner. The problem is your muscles continually need protein and all it provides to recover, repair and regrow. So rather than simply pouring some cereal into a bowl, consider some higher protein options – Greek yogurt with that cereal vs. milk, eggs or hardboiled eggs which can be made ahead, or a protein shooter smoothie, with a little protein powder, some fresh or frozen fruit and milk.
Wishing you and your children a healthy New Year! – CD
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review Hayden Reisinger, 7, of Mars, throws a football at a basketball hoop as his buddy Jack Mueller (behind left), 6, of Mars, watches with a smile at the opening of Sports and Courts in Wexford on Saturday. The indoor sports complex will be the home to a variety of sports programs, and will also be available for birthday parties and practices, pick-up games, and other sports related events.
By Doug Gulasy Published: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
With his oldest and youngest sons about 15 years apart in age, Glenn Foglio saw how much technology changed in recent years — and how easily it could change children’s priorities when it comes to staying active.
“I remember (my two older sons) having (a PlayStation) maybe when they were 16,” said Foglio, 53, of Pine. “(Youngest son) Alex had PlayStation when he was 4. And he has an iPad, and he has an iPod. That’s the big change — the technology — and I think that’s the part that has people sitting in too much.”
Youth fitness — or lack thereof — is a growing problem worldwide. A study led by a University of South Australia researcher recently found that children aren’t running as fast or as far as they once did, for example.
Thanks to everyone who came out Nov 30th to help celebrate the Sports and Courts Grand Opening! To see the smiles and enjoyment on the kids faces was all I needed to know that Sports and Courts will be a place for all children and families to experience total sports fun and wellness. I encourage you to review our programs running this December and January, and check back frequently for new and upcoming programs such as dek hockey, flag football and dodgeball leagues!
Introducing Coach Dave’s newest sports party package…ULTIMATE NERF BATTLE!
Prepare for Battle. Nerf is the latest craze to have taken America by storm. CDG Sports is proud to offer kids the coolest birthday party they ever will have! Nerf Battles are completely safe, fun, and competitive activity which involves foam firing blasters. Safety goggles must be worn and are provided for each participant. We will organize team games and challenges plus test individual skills at target practice and shoot outs.
Ultimate Nerf Battle Package details:
• Boys and girls ages 7 years and up
• Up to 18 Nerf Blasters provided
• All blasters, vests and ammo provided by CDG Sports
• Safety goggles provided for every participant (full eye coverage)
• Enough foam shooting discs/darts for everyone
• Barricades and obstacles
• All the Nerf Battle games and activities
• 1 hour of Nerf Battles and 30 minutes in party room package available
I guarantee a party of NERF-themed awesomeness your child will always remember! Book your party today! Please fill out and submit the form found on the Birthday Party Package tab above. You will be contacted to discuss party dates and details!
Students should be doing at least 60 minutes of vigorous or moderate-intensity physical activity at school, with more than half of the activity occurring during regular educational hours.
Kids need to break a sweat at school.
Students should be doing at least 60 minutes of vigorous or moderate-intensity physical activity at school, with more than half of the activity occurring during regular educational hours and the remaining amount before and after school, says a report released Thursday by the Institute of Medicine.
"We had Coach Dave Gray come for Matthew's birthday party. I can't say enough good things about him and his parties. I think it was the best birthday party we've ever had. He was fantastic!" - Pittsburgh Mom Pittsburgh Mom Facebook page.
Features a Superbowl 49er's wide receiver. Kids take their best aim and throw the football just like their favorite NFL QB. Tons of fun for kids of all ages. QB Toss can be added to your sports party package! See Birthday Party Package page for more info.