Friday, 1 March 2019

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Strike into Spring Sports


 
In America, sports have been the integral part of almost (well, mostly) every child’s growing up. The benefits of joining team sports are far reached, and informed parents get enthusiastic about their child leaning, playing and growing with sports. According to statistics, every year close twenty million kids in America, in the age group of 6-16 sign up for spring sports.

For those of you who are doing this for the very first time, here are some tips to help you prepare your child for spring sports and get her started.

1.     Start with soccer – If your child is enrolling for the first time, it would be good idea to start with soccer. It’s perfect for toddlers as the game is simple and involves movement of the lower body; functionally speaking kicking is easier than lifting the ball and throwing it up.

2.     It’s a game – Remember that always. Don’t get into competition mode instantly. Let the child have fun first. When your child comes back from the practice, the first question you should ask is, “did you have fun?”, instead of, “did you win?”.

3.     Let the child decide – Give your child the right exposure. Let her try different sports if she wants to, and let her choose your own path. How much ever tempted you might feel, don’t impose what you think would be right. Neither do expect the child to fulfill your dreams. If you had to leave baseball after high school, do not expect the child to continue for you. Let her live her own dreams.

4.     Do not overwhelm the child with too much of sports – Do not enroll your child in any more than two sports at a given time. Although one sport is the ideal, but if you feel the need, not more than two in one go. Also, match the time requirements with your schedule. If the child has to withdraw because of scheduling conflicts, it will be huge setback for her.

5.     Encourage the child to talk about the game – Rather than battering the child with suggestions and ‘you should have done this’ kind of coaching-from-the-stands, let your child say how she felt about the game, or about her friends or anything she wants to talk about. Let her do the talking, and then gently join in the conversation telling her parts that you thought were fun. Show that you are interested and you care. If your child is grown up, in her tweens or teens, there might be times she would not like to talk about the game, respect it, and give her the space.

6.     Teach your child to lose gracefully – We are usually so obsessed with winning that we forget losing is good too. It helps us understand our weakness, and build upon it. Do not make a big deal out of a game lost. Rather say, “proud you tried real-hard”, or “that was some really good game there”. Kids can sometimes take the whole blame of the team losing on their heads and that burden can really weigh them down. Do not put added pressure by showing your disappointment.

7.     Remember you are a role model – Stay calm during the game. Do not rub your work disappointments, your relationship struggles onto your kid. The behavior you exhibit, is the behavior you can expect.   



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