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Sports Parents – Be Objective, Be, Be, Objective

  
  
  
Sports Parents – Be Objective, Be, Be, Objective

“Those parents” are probably one of the biggest issues affecting youth sports today. We’ve all seen “those parents” before at practice or the game. They think their child is the greatest youth athlete alive who can do no wrong. And anytime something does go wrong everyone else—the coaches, the other players, the officials—are at fault, but never their child. It’s okay to be proud of your kids (because for the most part that’s all that a young athlete wants), but please don’t let it run away with you!

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How Should You Respond to Poor Officiating in Youth Sports?

  
  
  
How Should You Respond to Poor Officiating in Youth Sports?

The following excerpt from Volleyball Mom’s Survival Guide, by Janis B.
Meredith of JBM Thinks Sportsparenting, speaks specifically to moms of volleyball players, but the truths are for every parent who has felt frustration at the officiating at their child’s game.

It is your job to offer positive support from the stands or sidelines, whether or not you agree with what is happening on the court. That often means you will have to show support to the people wearing stripes.


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Meet the Sports Parents

  
  
  

This is a guest post by sports psychology specialist, Dr. Jim Afremow.

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Last Minute Gift Ideas for Your Youth Athlete

  
  
  
Last Minute Gift Ideas for Your Youth Athlete

T’is better to give than receive, right? Well if you are looking for a last minute gift for a youth athlete in your family, here are four ideas that are bound to bring big smiles!

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5 Resolutions for Sports Parents in 2014

  
  
  
5 Resolutions for Sports Parents in 2014

2014 is almost here (how did that happen?). It’s time to start making your list of resolutions for the New Year and in-between going to the gym more and paying off some of your credit card debt why not add a few resolutions to make you a better sports parent in 2014?

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5 Rules for Sports Parents

  
  
  
5 Rules for Sports Parents

Being a sports parent is great. And while some aspects are maybe less fun that others (like 5 AM rink call times), watching your kids fall in love with a sport, make new friends, learn new skills, and have a blast is something every parent should get to experience. But when you ask coaches and officials what the biggest downside to their job is, most are going to say it’s the parents. Sports parents can make or break a season, and we can also make or break our children’s attitude towards sports in general. With so many kids quitting youth sports by the time they are 13 it has to make you wonder---could the coaches be right? Are sports parents actually making youth sports worse?

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4 Things Sports Coaches Want from Parents

  
  
  
4 Things Sports Coaches Want from Parents

If you asked a dozen sports coaches what they wanted from parents this season you’d probably get a dozen different answers. Every coach has their own style and with that comes the dreams of the “perfect” sports parent; maybe that parent is more involved, or maybe they are less “helicopter-y”. No two coaches are exactly the same and these are just four of things we’ve heard sports coaches say they wish parents would do over the years.

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Two Very Different Approaches to Sports Parenting

  
  
  
Two Very Different Approaches to Sports Parenting

The other week we came across this great post by KJ Dell'Antonia on the New York Times about the increasing amount of “Spartan-like” intensity many families are adopting when it comes to youth sports. Her article was written as a response to Lisa Catherine Harper’s essay “The Crazy, Intense Schedule of Competitive Youth Soccer? Bring It On, which celebrates the stringent discipline that comes with serious sports playing.

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4 Ways Sports Coaches and Parents Can Foster Good Sportsmanship

  
  
  
4 Ways to Sports Coaches and Parents Can Foster Good Sportsmanship

Playing youth sports can teach kids a lot of valuable life lessons including how to work as a team, what makes a good leader, the value of hard work, and more. But one thing that youth sports should always teach kids is how to be a good sport. Unfortunately, sometimes parents, coaches, and players get so caught up in winning we forget that’s not the only reason to step onto a field. Playing sports not only teaches kids how to be good athletes, but it can also teach them to be good people.

Sports Parents and Coaches Are Not on the Same Page

  
  
  
Sports Parents and Coaches Are Not on the Same Page

We’ve talked a lot before about “those” sports parents before; the helicopter parents, the ones that coach from the sidelines, the ones that are a overly invested in the outcome of the U-6 soccer game. No sports coach wants to deal with one of “those” sports parents every season, let alone a dozen of them. But we’ve also discussed what makes someone a bad youth sports coach and what is a parent to do when the coach is playing favorites, doesn’t really want to be there, or is disrespectful towards the players or even the parents themselves. Like anything, there are two sides to every story and what the parents sees and what the coach sees can be two very different things!

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