You and your kids are heading to sporting activities all the time. As a mom chauffeur and biggest fan, we know you need all the sports mom tips and hacks that you can get! Whether you’re at the batting cages, running them to basketball practice, tournaments, or hauling a van full of cheerleaders, being a sports mom is a lot of work (and a lot of fun).
Being a sports mom requires a lot of organization, electrolytes, patience, encouragement, and time. But the rewards are so life-giving. Seeing your child’s beaming face after their first goal, first game, or home run is worth every ounce of effort you’ve poured in.
Genius Sports Mom Tips and Hacks
1. Muffin tin drink holders for mom duty
Hauling drinks for the team? This is a great tip for those days when you’re just stopping along the way home from work to pick up some drinks, but don’t want to have them spill all over your van.
Put the muffin tin in a small laundry basket. It’ll hold 12 drinks, and you don’t have to worry about spills! You’ll arrive at the field with drinks and straws for the team. And, perhaps a warm, unspilled coffee for you to sit and relax with on the bench. Brilliant!
DIY Sports Mom Tips and Survival Kits
These ‘ouch’ kits are an important part of being a sports mom on or off the field. Aren’t moms always the hero when it comes to helping our kids feel better? These tips will help you gain brownie points and your kids will thank you for all of your forethought.
2. Frozen Aloe Vera Gel will score you a big mom win!
We all know what it’s like to be in the hot sun at the field on those long tournament days. Even though you’ve applied and reapplied sunscreen, your kiddo comes home suffering from sunburn. It is so great to have Frozen aloe vera gel ready in your freezer when you walk in the door! It works wonders to relieve tender skin in a short time!
3. Emergency on-the-go Med Box
Every mom on the go needs a little emergency box. You know the routine. As soon as you get the game, your kiddo tells you they’re not feeling well. No more rummaging through your handbag in hopes of finding what you need to get your kiddo back in the game. Allergies? Cramps? Sore muscles? A scraped knee? You’ve got it covered!
4. Rubbing Alcohol Ice Packs
Injuries are part of any sports games! Right? We watch our kids play hard. But unfortunately, they sometimes stress their muscles and feel some aches and pains. You will be their hero when you can send them to the freezer for a rubbing alcohol ice pack.
Make your own ice packs using 3 parts water to 1 part rubbing alcohol. Dye the contents blue if you want to make it obvious that it’s not just ice in the bag. This ice pack will not freeze completely, but it gets really cold, so you can put it on just about any part of the body easily.
5. Essential first aid kit for all sports moms
And if you’re new to the sports mom arena, it’s always helpful to know what the more experienced moms carry in their bags. Here’s a good example:
- baby wipes
- antibacterial wipes
- hand sanitizer
- a first aid kit
- bug spray… and more.
6. Keep those hair elastics in one place
Yes, not having a hair elastic is considered an emergency! Keep enough hair elastics on hand to get you through the entire season. Put them on a carabiner to keep them organized.
7. Hair Emergency Kit
Small tins can come in so handy and this tin will be the lifesaver when hair gets in the way of saving a goal! Help your kiddos keep the hair out of their faces by keeping this hair emergency kit on hand. Seriously… it will come in so handy!
All-star sports mom tips for cleaning!
8. Clean those Moldy Water Bottles
Did you leave another water bottle in a hot car for a few days? Mold… gross! But you don’t need to throw it out. There’s an easy way to get mold out of water bottles.
Just fill the bottle 2/3 full of hot water. Add 1 tsp. of bleach. Give it a good shake and let it sit for a few hours. Then throw it in the dishwasher or wash by hand with soapy water and Voila!
9. Need those white sport shoes cleaned in a hurry?
We’ve all been at the game, only to look down at our kid’s shoes to see a big black smudge. You will be the mom hero when you grab your magic eraser to clean white shoes as they head onto the court.
10. Use this essential sports cleaner
What??? Finding this sports moms tip was probably the best life saver for me! I always wondered how the professionals get their uniforms cleaned so beautifully!
Die-hard Sports Mom Tips for Organization
Being a sports mom takes a lot of organization. Just getting our kids to the games on time, fed and dressed, with all of their equipment in tow is a feat. I’m always on the lookout for more sports mom tips to help me nail this. You too?
11. Team reminder sheet
Don’t you hate it when you don’t remember the other teammates’ names and numbers? Attach this sheet to your bag so you’ll always remember!
12. Baseball necklace for each sports mom on your team
And isn’t it hard to remember who’s mom is who’s? You want to encourage the mom and the kiddo. Make easy softball or baseball necklaces for players or team moms using fender washers. You could even add the players name to the necklace. Cheap and easy!
13. Build your own drying rack for the stinky gear!
Sports equipment stinks! Build your own drying rack to let that gear air out in between uses. Great for football and hockey players. All you need is someone to magically get it from their bag onto the rack!
14. Dugout helmet organizer for the most genius sports mom tip!
Tired of picking up helmets off the ground or the scramble of finding the players helmet just before batting time? The dugout buddy here is made from two closet organizers and some stickers for the players’ names. Genius!
Sports Mom Tips for the Win!
15. Good luck basket for the most awesome sports mom tip!
What kiddo doesn’t like a little surprise? Put a themed “good luck basket” together for the kids on the team. It may be corny, but it will give them all a boost before a big game.
16. Coffee creamer containers for game snacks
Aren’t you tired of crushed snacks? Save your coffee creamer containers to take snacks to games and practices. Why have I never thought to reuse these before?
17. Basketball Treats
Our kiddos love treats! And having a sports themed treat is even better! Make easy basketball-themed treats with Oreos and dipping chocolate! Use orange candy melts for basketball, white for baseball, etc. Yummy and fun!
Sports Mom Memorabilia
18. Jazz up a uniform hanger
What a great idea for a gift or for a craft activity to do with your cheerleader. Or, for. even more fun, gather the team together and do it as a team building activity! Jazz up and personalize a uniform hanger to add some extra pride for your child.
19. Revamp old trophies
Gather some old trophies from the far corners of your friend’s basements. Wouldn’t it be fun to award each player their own team coloured trophy? Or you could revamp those old trophies that your kiddo’s aren’t crazy about anymore and paint them to match their room decor. All you need is some spray paint, and now you have some cool pieces to use as decor in a sports-themed room!
20. Create a team spirit wreath
Make an EASY team spirit wreath to display in your home (show some school pride) or to give on as a gift. I bet coaches would love it! Plastic tablecloths from Dollar Tree, a straw wreath and something to go in the middle (like the license plate shown here) are all you need.
For those Fanatic Sports Moms!
21. Pop-up tents for rain or shine protection
These moms are brilliant! Their pop-up tents provide them with shade and keep them covered in case of rain. We know how many times we’ve been freezing cold or sunburned or drenched with rain wishing we had some kind of cover. And, since the zipper opens up, the kids can still hear their mom’s loud cheers! This idea is a keeper for sure.
More Sports Mom Hacks and Tips From One Crazy House:
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- Dinner ideas for the sports mom, healthy meals for the whole family, diet recipes, food, and nutrition tips are all here!
Which of these sports mom hacks and tips do you find helpful? I like the snacks the most!