Five new ways to be a great sports parent

Five new ways to be a great sports parent

I’ve read countless articles on how to be a great sports parent and most of them say the same thing; sometimes the exact same thing. Coach Kyle Elmendorf provides a different take on thecoachessite.com.
His generalizations at times seem a bit extreme but nevertheless he voices what he thinks are five ways to be a great sports parent. They are:
  • First, show up and cheer. Your child loves your presence.
  • Secondly, root for the first name. The number one problem in youth sports is adult insecurity.
  • Thirdly, teach them their true competition. The ultimate competition does not sit on the opposing bench.
  • Fourthly, be a role model. Our children learn how to act by observing how we act.
  • Lastly, help them fail. This sounds backward, right?
He believes that being a great sports parent will help control the surprising number of youths quitting sports by the age of 14 (70%). He also doesn’t address the coincidence that most US 9th graders – the first year of high school – are age 14.

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