• Home
  • Parents
  • Every Tool a Parent Needs in Order to Survive Youth Sports

Every Tool a Parent Needs in Order to Survive Youth Sports

Every time you take your children to the field or court, they take with them pieces of equipment necessary to play the game. I think it’s just as important for parents to bring their own emotional tools to the game. Here is every mental and emotional tool that every sports parent must have in their “youth sports survival kit.” You must take this kit with you to every game, every tournament and every practice you attend.

Tool #1: Flexibility

How do you react when your child doesn’t get as much playing time as you’d like? Or when they don’t get to play the position you think they should play? Or when the coach calls a different offense than you would like to see? If you cannot bring flexibility to the game, you will stress yourself and everyone around you who hears your objections.

Tool #2: Sense of humor

Find the fun and joy in your child’s game instead of worrying about how many minutes they are on the court, how many rebounds they have, or how bad the referee’s calls are. It will help you actually enjoy things much more.

Tool #3: Gratitude

Take time to thank the people who make it happen: the officials, the coaches and the volunteers.

Tool #4: Self-control

This includes a variety of things: biting your tongue when you want to say something negative to your child or the coach, refusing to compare your child to another player with the intent to motivate, or not yelling nasty things to the official.

Tool #5: Reality checks

Be realistic about your child’s abilities. It’s hard because every parent is biased, and if you struggle with it, do some research. Talk to coaches or trainers to get their thoughts on your child’s potential.

Tool #6: Thick skin

If you cannot turn a deaf ear to the ignorant and senseless remarks you hear at games, then you better develop thicker skin. You cannot be overly sensitive to the rudeness of others—you might find yourself saying things you’ll regret.

Tool #7: Tamed tongue

Do not coach your child from the bleachers. It’s distracting to them, undermines the coach, and puts pressure on your child to perform up to your standards.

Tool #8: Clear focus

Focus on the end game—who do you want your child to be after they are done playing sports? Keep this long-term goal in mind, and it will give you a clear focus for today’s game.

If you are to successfully navigate the minefield of youth sports with all its drama and challenges, you cannot do it haphazardly. Sports parents must be strategic with these 8 tools if they want their young athletes to have a positive experience.

parent support from sideline with coachup logo; every mental tool that parents need to be successful in youth sports

With our 100% money-back guarantee and vetted coaches, anyone can achieve their full athletic potential. CoachUp is the safest and easiest way to find a coach for personalized training. Find your perfect coach today and become the athlete you want to be!

How useful was this post?

Click on a star to rate it!

Average rating 5 / 5. Vote count: 10

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.

Share this post:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *