- Be positive with your child. Let her know that it is a proud accomplishment simply to be part of an athletic team.
- Try not to offer excuses if she is not playing. Encourage her to work hard and try her best. Help your child set goals as a good way to show your interest and monitor progress.
- Discourage “putting down” coaches or other athletes. That teaches your child to be a complainer, not a doer.
- Encourage your child to follow the rules with respect to attendance, training rules and school work.
- Demonstrate good sportsmanship and live as a role model for your child.
- Encourage respect for team and school rules, game officials, and sportsmanship.
- Encourage your child to improve her self-image by continuing to set individual goals. Making comparisons between older or younger siblings and other athletes can hinder the growth of an individual’s self-esteem.
- Encourage your child to play for the enjoyment of the game, not for receiving a scholarship or a select college admission. Be realistic about your student’s abilities.
- Remember that although you may not be in agreement with a coach’s style of coaching; your child will have to deal with different leadership styles in life. Also, you should refrain from coaching from the stands because the message from the coach may not be the same as your point of view – resulting in, a confused athlete wanting to please both coach and parent.
- Make an appointment with the coach to discuss a problem and discuss your concern in a calm courteous manner.
- Be a positive role model at an athletic event or practice. You represent your family, school, and community.
Last Modified on September 13, 2015