04 May 2019

Baseball Rules for Beginners + Franklin Sports Giveaway

There are several basic rules of play in baseball. These rules remain constant throughout the game of baseball, although they may differ slightly from one league to another.

There are also some unspoken rules other than rules of play involved in the game of baseball, and those involve good sportsmanship.

Getting your youngster involved in baseball is an age-old tradition where the rules of the game and rules of good sportsmanship and teamwork also come into play.




Team Members


A baseball game consists of two teams competing against one another to see who can score the most runs. Defensively speaking, there is a pitcher, a catcher, a first, second, and third baseman. There is the position known as shortstop, playing the infield, while the left, center, and right fielder play the outfield. The main goal of the opposing team is get up at bat and score runs.

Duration of Game


Typically, a game of baseball is to last nine innings, with both teams having a chance at bat to score runs. Each team has the opportunity to get at bat and to play the field. When each team makes three outs (see below), the teams then switch positions on the field. A baseball game for youth baseball may consist of fewer innings, while an adult game of baseball may go into more innings to settle the score until one team comes out victorious.

Three Strikes You’re Out


When the pitcher pitches, a strike is called if the batter does not swing when the ball is in the strike zone, fails to connect with the ball, or fouls the ball out. Three strikes and the batter is called out.

A total of four pitches where a ball is thrown erratically outside of the strike zone is known as a walk.

Out Field


If a ball is hit on the playing field, then the opposing team has the opportunity to keep players from scoring runs. Once the ball hits the field, the players on the field can scoop up the ball and toss it to whatever base they deem necessary to keep a runner from scoring or advancing. If the ball is hit into the air and a fielder catches the ball, the ball is an out.

Home Runs


The field is based on the shape of a triangle and bases are diamond shaped. The idea is for the batter to hit the ball and put it into play in such a way that the batter can advance to each base. If a runner is already on base, the batter has the opportunity to advance that runner as well.

The team with the most runs is the winning team.

Sportsmanship


As in any sport, the rules of sportsmanship are unspoken but need reminding every now and again. Congratulating the winning team and keeping negative comments to oneself are integral parts of fair play.

These are just some of the basic rules of play when beginning baseball.


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18 April 2019

Making an Environmental Impact

Making an Environmental Impact

As part of an effort to positively impact environmental change, many consumers care about the effect their shopping decisions may have on the world around them. As a way to aid in that mission, ALDI, which has never offered single-use plastic shopping bags, is aiming to make 100 percent of its private-label product packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. Find more information at ALDI.us.


08 April 2019

Understanding Pediatric Chronic Illnesses

For a parent of a child diagnosed with a chronic illness, the future can be scary and overwhelming. Assembling a medical team and beginning to formulate a treatment plan, even becoming familiar with a glossary of new terminology, can be taxing.

Resources are available to help families make sense of many diseases and ailments, and some of these organizations even offer tools specifically designed to help support the care of a child patient. For example, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is a leading resource for families navigating inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

How families can manage inflammatory bowel diseases.

How families can manage inflammatory bowel diseases.


What is IBD?
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are the two most common types of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). These chronic conditions produce similar symptoms, use similar therapies, and are both treatable. However, they are not the same.

Crohn’s disease may occur in any part of the large intestine (also called the colon). In fact, it can happen anywhere in the entire digestive system. However, it most commonly develops right where the small and large intestine meet. In ulcerative colitis, only the colon and rectum are affected.

No one knows for sure what causes Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, but experts believe several factors may lead to the development of the diseases, including genes, environmental elements like viruses and bacteria, and inappropriate immune reactions.

What are the symptoms?

Despite the differences between Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, both can produce similar symptoms when active, all brought on by chronic inflammation. Symptoms may include diarrhea, rectal bleeding, urgent need to move bowels, abdominal cramps and pain, sensation of incomplete evacuation, and constipation.

“It is critical that if you suspect your child has inflammatory bowel disease, you seek care with a qualified pediatric gastroenterologist who can carefully and efficiently help determine the diagnosis and begin a treatment plan to help your child feel better, thrive, and maximize quality of life,” said Andrew Grossman, MD, pediatric gastroenterologist and chair of the pediatric affairs committee of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.

How does it affect children?

When IBD is diagnosed in childhood, it may be more extensive and follow a more severe course than when it is diagnosed in adulthood. While symptoms are similar in adults and children, some children with IBD experience delayed puberty and some fail to grow at a normal rate. Dealing with disease relapses, frequent doctor visits, hospitalizations, treatments, and even surgery, many children with IBD miss significant school time and social activities.

They are often overwhelmed by the emotional and psychological side effects of the disease.

Learning how to manage the disease is not always easy for children. Parents play an important role in educating their children about IBD, including teaching them they need to take their health seriously and take responsibility for caring for themselves.

Understanding Pediatric Chronic Illnesses

How can IBD be managed?

It is possible to live a full, rewarding, happy, and productive life with IBD. Treatment begins with finding a pediatric gastroenterologist you trust. Your child’s IBD treatment may ultimately involve a wide range of therapies including medication, nutritional adjustments, and surgery.

Maintaining your child’s health may also involve lifestyle accommodations, like organizing your schedule for ample bathroom breaks when away from home. You may also need to work closely with your child’s school to manage absences and academic performance along with any medical care that needs to take place during school hours.

Many families also find value in building a network of supportive friends and loved ones. One example, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation offers Camp Oasis – a co-ed residential camp program that allows children to meet others like them in a safe and enriching environment.

Another resource is justlikemeibd.org , a website featuring stories and videos from teens with IBD as well as information on school, dating, managing stress and diet, research updates, and resources for parents.

Is your child ready to manage his or her own care?
For young adults, managing IBD may be particularly challenging, and this stage may be further complicated by the transfer of care from a pediatric health care team to an adult health care team. If you have a child taking the next steps into adult care, consider sharing these tips from the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and visit crohnscolitisfoundation.org/campus-connection to help your young adult become independent in his or her IBD management:

Understand your disease and how it affects you personally, including your typical symptoms and signs of a flare. Also, be sure you understand when and how to contact your health care team. 

Know your medications and how much you take. This is especially important when you see other doctors so they can help you avoid medicines that don’t work well with your IBD medications. 

While a parent is still involved, practice becoming your own advocate with your doctor and others, such as school administrators. Ask questions and take an active role in your treatment. 

When your doctor orders tests or procedures, be sure you understand any preparations that are required, and be sure to follow up so you understand the results and any changes necessary to your treatment. 

If you move, enroll in a new insurance plan, or travel, know what medical services will be accessible and covered so you can make the best decisions about your health.

02 April 2019

Crowd-Pleasing Easter Brunch Recipes

Easter is a time to celebrate with friends and family. You can create a crowd-pleasing brunch with affordable, high-quality ingredients, wine and tablescape decor.

Elevate your holiday brunch beyond an egg casserole with a Spiral Ham with Red Wine and Citrus Glaze as the centerpiece for your table.  

Finish the meal with a Mini Blueberry Chocolate Tart for a dessert that’s perfect for spring. Combining sweet and fruity notes, this treat can leave your guests craving more.

Find ingredients for these recipes at ALDI, which offers high-quality, fresh and affordable foods to help you put together a vibrant spread. From brunch essentials and beverages to fruits, veggies, snacks and more, you can make Easter pop. Plus, there are chocolates, candy and flowers to add a splash of color to your table or any Easter basket.

Find additional recipes at ALDI.us.

Spiral Ham with Red Wine and Citrus Glaze

Spiral Ham with Red Wine and Citrus Glaze


Recipe courtesy of Rebecca Gallop (@adailysomething) on behalf of ALDI
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10-12 minutes per pound of ham

Ham:
  • 1         Appleton Farms Spiral Cut Double Glazed Brown Sugar Ham (about 4 pounds), reserving liquid

Glaze:
  • 1/2       cup Intermingle Red Blend wine
  • 1/4       cup Nature’s Nectar orange juice
  • 1/4       cup Specially Selected 100% Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1/2       cup Simply Nature Organic Light Brown Sugar
  • 1          tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1          dash salt
  • 2          tablespoons Burman’s Dijon Mustard

  1. To make ham: Heat oven to 325° F. Place ham in roasting pan on rack. Pour reserved liquid over ham and cover tightly with foil. Bake 10-12 minutes per pound.
  2. To make glaze: In small pan, combine wine, orange juice, syrup, brown sugar, rosemary and salt. Heat to boil then lower to rapid simmer until mixture begins to thicken and reduce, about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and whisk in mustard.
  3. When ham is 10 minutes from being done, remove from oven and increase temperature to 400° F. Remove foil and brush ham thoroughly with glaze.
  4. Place ham back in oven, uncovered, about 10 minutes, or until ham reaches internal temperature of 140° F.
  5. Remove ham from oven and let sit 10 minutes. Slice and serve.  
Mini Blueberry Chocolate Tart

Mini Blueberry Chocolate Tart


Recipe courtesy of Chef Michelle, ALDI Test Kitchen
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 17 minutes
Servings: 12

  • 1          Bake House Creations Pie Crust
  • 1 1/2    tablespoons Sweet Additions Stevia No Calorie Sweetener
  • 1          cup fresh blueberries
  • 1          Choceur Dark Chocolate Bar (2.64 ounces), chopped

  1. Heat oven to 400° F. Cut 1-2 sheets of parchment paper into 5-by-5-inch squares. Line each cup of 12-cup muffin pan with one square of parchment paper.
  2. Roll out pie crust and cut 12 circles, 2 inches each, with cookie cutter. Press each circle into lined muffin cup.
  3. In medium bowl, combine sweetener, blueberries and chocolate. Divide mixture among pie crusts.
  4. Bake 17 minutes until chocolate melts. Allow to cool and serve.

28 March 2019

Baseball Tips for Parents

Parents need to know quite a bit about baseball before entering into this youth program. After all, we want them to enjoy not only their first season but year after year completion. With that in mind, here are a few much needed baseball tips for parents.

Baseball Tips for Parents

Whose Sport Is It Anyway?


Before participating in youth baseball, it is essential to determine up front whether or not this is something that your youth wants to do more than you do. Many a parent, with good intentions, has come before you and eagerly signed up their youth on a baseball team. These very same parents only find out later that their youth really only did it to make mom and dad happy.

It is essential that you find out, as a parent, whether this is something that your youth really wants to participate in or not. Have a heart-to-heart with your child and determine if this is something that they are equally enthusiastic about undertaking.

Commitment and Time


Once you have established that this is something that your child is truly enthusiastic about, make sure you have a sit-down talk and discuss with him or her that this will be a time-consuming activity. Explain that once this commitment is made, there is no turning back, at least for the season.

Speak to your child openly and honestly and discuss with them the virtues of being a team member and a team player. Their part on the team is integral for the overall success of the team. This sport will require practices, games, and a dedicated commitment on both of your parts.

Position


You should have a general idea of the position your child wishes to play for and the position that he or she is most qualified for as well. Try to stick with the position that best suits your child’s potential and skills. Do not try to make a star pitcher out of a heavy hitter. If your child has skill that is stronger in one area than another, trust your coach to guide your child accordingly.

Relationships


One of the most important tips for parents is to respect and model appropriate relationships between all the players, and not just on the team. Respect and consideration for other parents, other team members, the coach, and opposing players and their parents is integral to what baseball is really all about, after all.

It is very important to model good communication, respect, and integrity throughout the entire season. It is very important to address all issues openly, honestly, quickly, and with the utmost respect.

Teaching a child good communication skills in the arena of sports is a great life lesson - not only on the field, but off the field as well.

With these tips in mind, your child’s starting endeavor into the world of baseball should be a smooth and fun transition.