Coaches, Trainers, Players and Parents should understand the importance of proper hydration before, during and after all practices and games.
- For evening practices and games, eat a normal breakfast and lunch:
- Before the game or practice, eat a light snack
- After the game or practice, eat a meal
- For early morning games and practices:
- Eat lightly at breakfast
- After practices or the game, eat a snack
- For tournaments, if you play more than one game on the same day or several games in successive days, emphasize foods that are high in carbohydrate (fruit, hot or cold cereal, pancakes, cold meats, soup, rice, pasta) while avoiding those foods with a high sugar content.
- Players must know to drink fluids before, during and after games and practices. Additionally, they need to know which fluids work best:
- Before games/practices: water
- During games/practices: water, sports drink, diluted juice
- After games/practices: water, sports drink, juice
- For older players, Bantam/Midget/Junior; it is suggested to eat four or five small meals on game day rather than two or three large meals.
- Allow two to six hours for digestion and absorption of food before competition. Follow these general guidelines:
Time To Digest Meals:
- Large Meals 3 to 4 hours
- Small Meals 2 to 3 hours
- Blender/Liquid Meals 1 to 2 hours
Note: Meals high in fat or protein will take longer to digest than carbohydrate ones.
Four Basic Food Groups
Eat a variety of foods from each group every day.
|Meats & Alternatives||2 – 4||Lean meat, fish, liver, poultry (skin removed), low-fat cheeses, eggs, peas, beans, nuts|
|Milk Products||2 – 6||
Low-fat or fat-free milk and cheeses, cottage cheese, yogurt, sherbet, ice milk, fruit shakes
|Grain Products||8 – 15||
Whole grain and enriched cereals and breads, pasta, pancakes, steamed or boiled rice, crackers, bagels, muffins
|Fruits & Vegetables||8 – 15||Fruits and vegetables – fresh, dried, frozen, canned and in juices|