I remember when I coached little league we had a rule: No Pop Allowed At Games Or Practice. Kids had to bring water, period. That was years ago, before the energy drink craze, but if I still coached that rule would include those today for the kids.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says sports drinks should be consumed sparingly by kids and teens and the energy drinks should NOT be consumed at all!
The academy warned in the June issue of Pediatrics that downing Gatorade, Powerade and other sports drinks can increase the risk of weight problems in the average child.
It also warned that the effect of large amounts of caffeine and other stimulants have not been tested on kids and there are potential risks. It warns there can be a lethal dose of caffeine.