Nine things sports parents can do to help ensure their child has a positive experience playing sports.
- Know the basic rules of the sport your child is playing.
- Keep your opinions about the officiating to yourself.
- Don’t yell out instructions and tips to your kid from the sideline. It is ineffective and distracts your child.
- Cheer to show your support, not to intimidate other kids or send a message.
- Put on a good face when your child feels frustrated after losing a game, makes a mistake or completely blows it. That is when they need you most.
- NEVER shout personal insults at ANYONE at a youth sports event.
- Smile when you child looks at you in the stands, even when they have just completely blown it. (Hint: if your child looks to you to see your reaction each time they make a mistake, take that as a sign you are putting too much pressure on them. They shouldn’t be worrying about what their parents think in the middle of game.)
- If you believe you have a good coach, leave the coaching to the coach.
- Get in the car and tell your child you love to watch them play. That’s it.