...the best ways to encourage your young athlete is to first be engaged with
him/her time wise and give them the opportunity to succeed. It is easy to push
too hard - be careful with this one. Kids will play better if they are having
fun and they tend to have more fun if they are good.
the cold hard facts of athletics today for kids is that most sports require that
you join a club team at an early age. Clubs are expensive and many of them are
nearly year round (soccer, baseball, basketball, volleyball, swimming and
others). Clubs are also not for the casual participant. The casual players wash
out after the first year - the time commitment along with money is too much.
Clubs are really good for the most part in that your kids get the best training
and coaching but be prepared for the competition and commitment because it is
fierce....and the money...ouch!! Trying to play multiple sports is tough but it
can be done. Parents need to be willing to turn their kids over to the clubs and
just watch and fork out the bucks. Why do athletics? Self esteem + self control
+ self confidence + work ethic + learning how to deal with competition and
pressure. All of these things are a HUGE leg up when your kids become an adult.
Rule number one in sports or athletics parenting: Parents are not entitled to
immediate success, victories, or championships (through the kid), even if they
have a significant time and/or financial investment in helping the child
participate. So quit bad mouthing your kids coach, and quit bad mouthing the
officials, and understand that growth, character, and learning can come from a
loss as much as it can from a win.If more parents could get a clue
about this, youth sports would be such a different experience than it is now.Great Article!!