It is important to be supportive and respectful, not only of your child, but also of the others on the team and of the coaches. As a parent, you have the power to help shape your youth athlete’s attitude about sports.
It’s natural to get excited when watching your child play but it is important to keep your emotions in check on game day. Here are some tips to help you:
After following these guidelines, go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back! And know that your support role doesn't end there.
Consider these three tips when talking with your children after they compete:
Be positive. Remind your child that you are proud of them, especially when the outcome doesn't go their way.
When you support your child before and during a game, and communicate with them effectively after the game, they will not only have a strong mental attitude, but they will also be more coachable, optimistic, and better able to handle the inevitable losses that are part of the youth sports experience.
For more advice and resources to help promote sportsmanship and a more positive youth sports experience to your kids, visit PlayPositive.com.
At Liberty Mutual Insurance, we constantly look for ways to celebrate the countless acts of sportsmanship and integrity shown by people every day. We created Play Positive™, powered by Positive Coaching Alliance, as part of this belief to help ensure that our kids experience the best that sports have to offer in environments that promote and display good sportsmanship. We believe kids can learn valuable life lessons when coaches and parents come together to support winning on and off the ice.
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