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Modeling Good Sportsmanship for Parents
by Coach Candrea
Good sportsmanship is not only a responsibility for coaches and athletes but a primary responsibility for parents in building a positive culture for our kids sport experience. How many times do you see irate fans take away from the action on the field by their rude comments to players, umpires, and coaches? This behavior is unacceptable from our players so why do we allow parents to spoil the experience. You always hear fans say that they have the right to say what they want and unfortunately we do not provide them a filter. It seems that this behavior not only happens at the professional and college levels, but even down to the youth level where the impact sometimes forces kids to not want to play the game any longer. As a coach, I know the impact of what I say and how I say it can have a huge impact on their confidence, self- esteem, and pride at an age where they are still trying to find out who they are as an individual. The line between being a supportive, engaged, sports-loving parent and applying too much pressure on kids is easily crossed. To avoid embarrassing your child and making he/she feel more pressure than he/she already feels about playing the game – there must be some guidelines for all involved to make the experience a positive one. “I am here to support you, but this is your thing” Release them to the game!
During the game:
After the game:
We have a duty as adults to set an example and teach what is right and wrong. The foundation for our kid’s future success in life is to understand that people should be treated as we would like to be treated. Remember, you set a standard every day and your actions speak louder than your words. Playing sports should be a great learning experience that teaches teamwork, discipline, and a fun experience. Make sure you are aware of your role 1) Spectator 2) Coach 3) Official 4) Participant. We can only choose ONE!
Until Next Month,
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