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Tips for Sports Parents

Posted on 14th February 2018 by Rebecca Page

Beyond buying the equipment and providing the transportation to and from practices, parents are some of the most important and influential pieces in the development of young athletes.

Children learn their attitudes and mannerisms from people around them, with their parents likely to make the biggest impact. 

How to Become a Good Sports Parent 

Learn the Rules

If you’re going to spending the next several years watching your child play sport, it’s a good idea to learn the rules.  This will it make it easier for you to discuss the activity with your son or daughter. You can find simple video tutorials on YouTube.

Praise Process over Results

One of the most important things children can learn is that the process means more than results.  The lessons learned in practice, training, and the process of improving daily can last well past the length of any game and extend into other disciplines of school, work and family.  By praising the process and effort of children, you’ll help to create ongoing positive behaviours regardless of results. 

Set a Good Example

You can set the example, especially when you attend their games, by being a good sport, staying positive and appreciating the players who give the most effort.  

By taking time to learn, be patient, and think on a big picture scale, you will you raise happier, more confident, more successful athletes.

Other Attitudes of Sports Parents

  • Supports the coach
  • Encourages their child
  • Respects officials
  • Respects the opposition
  • Emphasises the process, not the outcome
  • Avoids comparisons

Being a positive role model to your children will encourage their participation in sports, and will help them to become confident and happy. 

Rebecca Page

By Rebecca Page

Rebecca is S2S Courses Business Administrator who has completed an Apprenticeship with the company.

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