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Youth Sports and Activities: What’s With All The Snacks?

Youth Sports and Activities: What’s With All The Snacks?

Ben just started playing t-ball. He loves it and wants to practice out in the yard every night. Sunday is his first real game, and we just got an email from the coach with the snack schedule. ::record scratch::

T-ball playerHuh?

These “games” last an hour. They are two innings where each team gets two turns at bat, and two turns in the field. Most games are either in the morning or early afternoon (you know, right after breakfast or lunch) and I simply don’t understand the need for a team snack at those times. I’m totally confused. When are they going to eat the snack? After the game when my kids would rather be playing on the nearby playground? During 2nd inning stretch? I’m simply perplexed.

I’m becoming increasingly fatigued with the snack culture. I don’t understand why kids have to have snacks involved with every activity they do unless it’s longer, drawn out, or overlaps or is far away from a meal time.

So help me understand. What’s the deal with all the snacks all the time? Make the case so I can see the other side of this one.



  1. Media Mom April 28, 2014 at 11:32 am

    What kind of snacks do they want you to bring? I just got our youth soccer snack schedule for the spring season, but they could really call it the “orange schedule” because you’re only supposed to bring sliced oranges. That’s not just our team, it’s true for the whole league. In the case of soccer, they eat them at half-time. They probably don’t really need it, but on super hot days when half the team doesn’t show up and the other half has to run the whole time, I see the value. I hope people are at least bringing fruit to the T-Ball games. But overall, I agree there’s something not right about the whole snack culture. I particularly don’t understand why I have to pack my daughter a snack for school when they eat lunch before noon!

  2. Sarah Montague April 28, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    I totally agree with you. Our culture snacks way too much. If children are playing competitive sports at an older age group, they may need snacks to refuel if the exercise is strenuous. I think a real problem is that most parents under estimate the need to pack enough water bottles. I can’t tell you how many times I have had to leave my son’s baseball games to get more water for the team members who didn’t bring enough.

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    Amy April 28, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    I agree, Media Mom, with the craziness of snacks at school. I usually just pack my daughter a larger lunch of things I would normally pack and let her choose which she will eat during snack time and how much.

  4. Sara Covatta October 14, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    I simply could not agree with you more

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