I’m linking today to an article by Jack Perconte that’s designed specifically for parents of athletes.
It’s absolutely true that parents have the best intentions for their kids. They look for ways to help their young ones reach their full potential with what they believe to be solid advice for their athletes.
However, without realizing it, parents can sometimes use words and actions that hinder their child’s development.
After playing major league baseball, Jack Perconte has taught baseball and softball since 1988 and has offered valuable coaching training. He has helped numerous youth players reach their potential, as well as having helped parents and coaches navigate their way through the challenging world of youth sports. Jack is one of the leading authorities in the areas of youth baseball training and coaching training advice.
Here’s the link to Jack’s article – and for parents of athletes, I highly recommend that you read the entire piece.
A few key takeaways…
Ensure the physical and emotional health of the child is a top priority
- Realize that sports are only games and one aspect of many aspects of a child’s life, and not the most important one
- Always remember that it is the player’s, not the parents’ career
- After a tough game, say, “Hang in there, we’ll figure it out.” We is a powerful word that will let your child know you are there to help, and they do not have to figure out the lack of success on their own.
- Always point out little signs of improvement, even if it is not showing up in game results.
More Athlete parenting tips
- Give the player a little time to sulk after the game, but do not allow throwing things, swearing or negative comments about themselves or others. Most players will come around after a short time and a good meal. Try to get the player’s mind off his or her performance as soon as possible, and only return to it later if the player brings it up.
- Tell the player you believe in them, and they should believe in themselves. Stay positive with the player and have patience. However, do not overdo the praise. They will recognize false praise and tune it out or get upset.
- Watch for exhausted players. Players who play too many games in a day or week become physically and emotionally drained. Overdoing it is more common these days because of the greater emphasis on travel teams. Give the players a few days away from the game to rest and clear their minds.
There’s so much more in Jack’s article, so please do read it in it’s entirety.