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.