Sunday, 31 May 2015

Published Sunday, May 31, 2015 with 13 comments

Youth Sports: Knows And Nots For Parents

Some important points parents of young players need to know.

If your child is in the school team or you recently signed your child up for some pro sports, you will soon realize it's a different world altogether. Not just your child's life, even your life changes. While the kid plays on the field, you sit back n the stand cheering him up. Your participation in the game will be as much as your child's if not more.

You are now a youth sports parent and your life has changed. Here are a few key issues you need to be aware of while you are committing to the game along with your child.

Plan your finances well: Signing up for youth sports needs a lot of commitment besides just your time. You would need sports gear, team jerseys, shoes and so much more. And it doesn't end at this. You would need practice sessions, camps, special coachings, clinics and a lot more that your child would be required to attend from time-to-time. Take care of providing your child all essentials for the game but do not give into unreasonable demands.

Social skills issues: Your child might not like the coach or someone in the team. Sit with your child and hear out the real issue. Do not entertain unreasonable complaints or sulking. Playing in a team will prepare your child for the future with one of the finest lessons in life skills.

Do not push: Don't push your child to play when he's not willing to. Never out pressure of winning on your child. Rather teach him to lose gracefully. Never threaten or bribe your child into playing. If the child does not have inner motivation to participate and compete in the sport, understand there are fair chances he will not excel in the sport, which could also have a bad psychological effect on the child. Also, do not compare your child with other children, which may bring in inferiority complex in children.

There may be a lot many things that will be experiences unique to you and your child. But at large if these issues are addressed and as a parent if you are prepared then your child's entry phase into youth sports will be smooth and easy.
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Thursday, 28 May 2015

Published Thursday, May 28, 2015 with 9 comments

All Game And No Play

Is your kid so overworked with pro sports that it's affecting his emotional and physical wellbeing? Read on to find out what to do.

Sports have become as important as studies. Students of all ages, right from young kids in primary school to high school kids to collage students, face a sort of pressure to fare well in sports along with studies. While the role of sports, especially organized team sports, have obvious benefits in shaping up a student's overall personality, the pressure to excel in sports more often than not can have some serious impact on the child's emotional, mental and physical health.

With pressure from parents, coaches, peers and growing competition, young players tend to overwork themselves with sports activities. Resultantly children end up taking sports also as yet another subject or school activity that needs hard work and dedication in terms of time and practice.

Let the child take days off from sports every week: Pro-sports training, competitive practice and performance pressure can be very daunting for players especially young players. While all this is essential, there needs to be time-off from this hectic schedule. The break would allow not just physical but also psychological and emotional recovery. Not only is the weekly break essential, a month's break from sports can be a refreshing change for a tired player and would actually help in bringing in a whole new level of passion and vigor in the game.

Unstructured play: Fun in the game is taken off the time competitiveness and performance pressure creep in. Encourage your children to play the game just for fun. Fun-time play not only relaxes the mind and body but also helps in cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being.

Encourage multiple sports: If your child is a baseball player for instance, encourage him to swim or take up other sports. This brings in a refreshing change and also helps develop other skills that would be good for the primary sport.

Be available: Your child might need counseling or just need you to hear them out. A little attention, casual hug or just a heart-to-heart may relieve a lot of stress the child might be under.

So if your child shows signs of fatigue, dip in performance, being socially unavailable, drop in class grades etc. there are chances your child is overworked. Before this stress develops into a serious problem try the tips mentioned above to nail the problem in the bud.

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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Published Wednesday, May 13, 2015 with 285 comments

Tips for Sports Parents

Being a parent comes with a whole set of responsibilities, and being a sports parent adds to the commitment. It's a challenge to keep up with the busy routine, practice sessions, nutritional value, emotional counseling, motivation and a whole lot that your child might need. And your involvement in your child's sports will help your child fare better. As a matter of fact different studies have suggested that parents' involvement is more critical to child's success than any other factor. There are several ways you can support your child's sports activities at school and beyond. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Develop a partnership with your child's coach and parents of his/her teammates

Meet the Coach – Ask the coach for a good time to meet up. Let the coach know you are keenly interested in your child's sports indulgence. Offer help with team activities.

Get to know other parents – Social acquaintance with other sports parents from your child's team not only helps the team bond better but also brings in confidence and enthusiasm helping your child's growth socially and emotionally.

Attend practice sessions – What happens during practice sessions is as important as the game itself. Observe your child's skills, note down the areas of improvement and be available if your child needs anything.

Get involved with your child's sport

Watch the sport on television with your child – It's like being there, well almost. Watching the game on television helps you and your child learn about the game, make you more conversant with the terms of the game and helps your child get involved. Volunteer at your child's sport practice sessions or games – Coaches appreciate it when parents help out in the game. There are several ways to contribute. You can volunteer in a practice session or game, bring in sandwiches or lemonade for the team. You can also volunteer to drive kids living in the neighborhood to the venue.

Be informed and participate

Ask questions – If there's something that concerns you about your child's training or skills, ask the coach about it and seek his advice with an openness to take criticism or remarks in your stride.

Monitor your child's physical exercise and nutritional requirement – To be able to do justice to a hectic schedule consisting of study, work and play, your child needs to have energy and stamina good to hold up to the routine. You will have to monitor protein and vitamin intake, fiber intake, refrain from junk food and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Talk to your child – There may be bad days and good days, or there might be times when your child might be low on nutrition, even worse your child might be having a problem with a bully or some situation that needs attention. Be available for listening, talk to your child. There might be situations demanding your counseling and support. And you'll be amazed at how many problems will get solved just by talking.
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