Sports Parenting

The Process of Results

How do we measure results? Most people will measure results by the outcome of an event. Young athletes will begin to measure them by how we communicate the outcome of those results. For example, at an early age, children don’t know the difference between winning and losing. When you sign them up to play a sport, it is often between the ages of 3 and 5. They know when something happens and everyone cheers, it must have been good! They…

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Reflections

As I sat on the airplane heading home from a recent Program 15 baseball camp, I had a chance to reflect back on the different discussions that were had over the course of the two days of training. With each discussion came more insight as to how important it is to connect the dots between the parents, players, and the coaches. Here are a few examples: Parents sit in the stands with baited breath as the kids go through each…

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There’s No “I” In Team

I’ve quite often witnessed parents in the stands instructing their kids to do something that completely contradicts the instructions of the coaches, and the majority of the time it’s going against the concept of the TEAM. TEAM stands for, “Together Everyone Achieves More.” In the world of scholarships, professional contracts and entitlement, coaches are consistently fighting the battle of how to get individuals to perform as a team, think as a team, behave as a team and win as a…

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Foundations for Success

The best laid plans of young athletes involves positive parental involvement, an environment conducive to learning, a SMART goal (Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely), actionable plans, a good circle of influence and coaches that foster learning, developing, mentoring and teamwork.  If we go back to the time when kids begin to learn and develop, they are surrounded by direction and discipline.  Most parents, even if its not predetermined, establish a plan of how they will raise their child.  What…

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Are You “That Parent”?

Have you ever sat in the stands of a youth sporting event and wondered why so many parents are spending their time screaming instructions at their kids? If you have, you are not alone. Many spectators have witnessed “that parent” or better yet, they have been “that parent.” Parenting and sideline coaching almost go hand-in-hand in today’s sports forum. What was once a place for parents and spectators alike to enjoy on weekends has become more like watching an NFL…

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The Car Ride Home

This will not be the first or last discussion on parent and athlete interaction, before, during, or after their sporting event. However, I would like to take a bit of a different approach in this particular discussion since it’s coming directly from the athletes themselves. This will be the first part in a series of blogs that will touch on what is an age-old question. How can we change the uncomfortable feeling for the athletes and the eventual feeling of…

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What is most important to you?

To better assist youth athletes in their growth and development, it is beneficial to have insight into their viewpoint. As a part of the assessment preceding a training seminar, I survey the youths who will be attending with questions that help me understand their perspective. During my recent training in Katy, Texas with the Program 15 Baseball Development Program, I posed a question to a group of young men between the ages of 9-18. The athletes were asked, “What is…

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Parenting Character

Your athlete’s success or lack of achievement in sports does not indicate what kind of parent you are… But having an athlete of strong character that is coachable, respectful, resilient, and tries his or her best IS a direct reflection of your parenting.  We must remember that sports are an introduction into so many things and it can be used as a springboard for life’s lessons.  Being a supportive parent on the sideline, not yelling at the officials, saying kind…

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