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Ten Guidelines For Parents of Children In Sports

February 4, 2010

Check out this article for parents of children who play sports. Its guidelines for parents are especially useful, emphasizing realistic goals and a focus on enjoyment and improved performance rather than winning. 

These guidelines seem so based in common sense that you may wonder why we are re-publishing them. The reality is that, even in Girls on the Run, you run across parents who only care about their kids winning. I remember after one GOTR 5K, I overheard a father telling his daughter during the awards ceremony that he expected her to be receiving an award at the next 5K…it  broke my heart. So please parents, read these guidelines and stick to them – your children will end up better atheletes as a result!

Ten Guidelines For Parents of Children in Sports

1 Make sure your children know that – win or lose – you love them and are not disappointed with their performance.

2 Be realistic about your child’s physical ability.

3 Help your child set realistic goals.

4 Emphasize improved performance, not winning. Positively reinforce improved skills.

5 Don’t relive your own athletic past through your child.

6 Provide a safe environment for training and competition.

7 Control your own emotions at games and events. Don’t yell at other players, coaches, or officials.

8 Be a cheerleader for your child and the other children on the team.

9 Respect your child’s coaches. Communicate openly with them. If you disagree with their approach, discuss it with them.

10 Be a positive role model. Enjoy sports yourself. Set your own goals. Live a healthy lifestyle.

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