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The number one priority of parents should be that their children have POSITIVE AND PRODUCTIVE ATHLETIC EXPERIENCES. The responsibilities of parents seem to fall into two distinct areas: support and understanding. When parents lose sight of these prime concerns, problems can develop.
Basic Support: Parents should do the best they can to help their children in the following areas:
- Nutrition - Have them eat right to perform at their best.
- Proper Rest - Sleep is essential and often neglected part of an athlete training/competition schedule.
- Transportation - Provide or help arrange for rides to and from practices, games etc.
- Time Management - Family, school, athletic, social and work responsibilities can become too much for a young athlete. Guidance in this area helps children remain focused on their personal goals.
Support by Caring: There are many ways for parents to show their children that they are truly concerned for them:
- Always keep the child's best interests in the forefront.
- Always be aware of the child's needs, feelings, and concerns.
- Honestly assess the child's ability or potential and work to instill true confidence.
- Always try to be interested in the progress and improvement of the athletes.
- Attend as many of their games as possible. Obviously parents need to be there to support their children. They also need to be there to support the team.
- Parents need to "understand" the role of interscholastic athletics.
- Lifelong lessons
- Hard work and Improvement
- Meeting challenges
- The value and power of team work
- Stress management
- Competitive Sportsmanship
- Parents need to understand the various Points Of View of all involved (with the team).
- The Point of View (P.O.V.) of their child (the athlete)
- Their own P.O.V.
- The P.O.V. of the other athletes and their parents.
- The P.O.V. of the coach.
- Parents need to "understand" how to motivate their children to achieve their full potential.
- Help to set realistic, attainable goals.
- Be aware of the kinds of things that have positive (and negative) effects on the athlete and the team.
- Parents need to "understand" the concept of being PART OF A TEAM:
- The fragile nature of a team and its members (team chemistry)
- Team attitudes - the idea that there is no place on a team for selfishness.
- Team Success is based on the group effort. Individual achievements are fine as long as the team remains the number one priority.
- Loud, obnoxious, unsportsmanlike behavior. Such actions are an embarrassment to the parents, their children, the school and to the community. They are unnecessary and not acceptable.
- Becoming overly critical:
- Of their children
- Of the team or the players on the team
- Of the coach
- Of the referees or the game officials (griping and complaining is contagious, negative behaviors rarely bring about positive change!)
- "Overstepping" or going too far - Parents simply are not responsible for
- Game strategies
- Program philosophy
- Rating of other players
- Evaluation of players, coaches, programs or officials.