Wednesday, 30 June 2021

Published Wednesday, June 30, 2021 with 2 comments

EQ – Key To Sports Success?

Your child is regular with their practice and training, is eating the right diet is also passionate about the sport, is it enough to take them to the next level?

Well, both yes and no.

While training and diet take care of the physical aspect of the game, and passion takes care of the attitude, there is an enormous need for emotional intelligence too. Everything that goes in and around the child’s life, has an intense effect on their minds which influences all they do. Negative emotions, anxiety, insecurity and depression cause lack of focus, loss of mind-muscle control and an overall drop in energy.

Children cannot choose what happens around them, but they can choose how they react to it. Emotional intelligence helps children manage negativity around them and stay composed no matter what.

The child will need your help in augmenting their emotional quotient. Here’s how you can help them:


It’s okay to be upset

We all have our fair share of emotional ups and downs. Just because you cannot understand or relate to your child’s dramatic reaction to their situation, doesn’t mean it’s not real. Don’t try and undermine their emotions, don’t tell them to subdue them either. The first step to managing emotions is acknowledging them. Teach your child to understand and point-out what exactly they are going through – anger, anxiety, frustration, disappointment, pain, or something else. Once they know what it is, it will be easier for them to manage it.


Expression matters

It’s important to tell your kids how to express their feelings. You will need to be very patient while telling the kids that they cannot express anger by throwing things or screaming. Encourage them to talk about it, maybe cry a little and move on. This behaviour will need to be modelled. You cannot yell or shout either if you don’t want your child to do it. It’s true for kids as much as it’s true for adults – it’s okay to be upset.


Reaction matters too

Explain there are repercussions to every action and reaction. Exaggerated, dramatic reactions may lead to regret or even shame later. Encourage children to time to consciously feel the emotion, and when the feeling is settled, they should talk to a trusted adult. Again, supressing emotions is not the right way to deal with it, the more appropriate approach is controlling the reaction.  For instance, if child gets very angry, teach them to contain their response and not get into arguments or fist fights, instead take deep breaths and calmly walk away , sit alone and think about the situation rationally. It’ll also help to try and understand the other person’s perspective too – why did they do what they did. They also need to learn to channel their emotions – a coloring book, music or anything they love to do.


Learning coping and problem-solving

Developing emotional intelligence also includes knowing how to solve the problem that’s worrying you. For instance, if the child is angry because they are being bullied by their classmates, tell them stories of how different people coped with bullying in their school, neighbourhood or even about adults in their office. Telling them several stories will help them understand that there are several ways to deal with a particular problem. Alternatively, make them brainstorm all possible solutions they think there can be. They then need to choose how they want to solve their problem.


It’s a process

Developing emotional intelligence is not a one-time exercise, it’s a process. There will be emotional highs and lows, especially during adolescence. Every problem should be an opportunity to learn a new emotional skill, and develop a more stable, sensible and intelligent emotional self.



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Monday, 28 June 2021

Published Monday, June 28, 2021 with 4 comments

Common Problems In Youth Sports Management

Managing a youth sports team or club can be a huge task, especially because the customer base is children and their parents. Over enthused parents, kids weighed-down with expectations and their extremely busy lifestyles, all pose several challenges in managing the sports club.

Here are some common problems faced by managers of youth sportsclubs:


·         Communication and coordination

·         Managing player attendance

·         Managing fee collection and finances


Communication and coordination

Communication and coordination is one of the most critical activities for a sports club manager or administrator. Here are some of the common tools for communication and the challenges associated with them.


·         Phone calls – Making personal phone calls to each and every parent is very tedious and time consuming. Another problem with phone calls is that working parents are not able to take phone calls throughout the day, which may result in the message not getting through at all.

·         Emails – Not all people are active on their email account throughout the day. This may result in the message not reaching the parent at all. Many a times emails get lost in chain mails leading to the real message getting lost along the way.

·         Instant messengers – While instant messengers seem to have taken care of any time lapses in communication, there can be chaos due to over communication.



A dedicated sports management application like InstaTeam caters to just the communication that is essential for getting the message through and getting relevant responses from parents. For instance, when a game is scheduled, parents and players get an auto-generated message from InstaTeam app informing them of the relevant details. Parents/players can mark their attendance on the app. If parents are required to get refreshments or help in any other way, it is also marked on the app, and parents can respond to it on the app itself. All of this communication takes place on the app in relevant sections making the information available to all without overcommunication. Further, this communication is auto-sent via different channels of communication including notifications on the smart phone, emails and information on the app.


Managing player attendance

You have scheduled a game. The venue is booked. Parents have been informed. During the game day, two key players do not turn up. Had you known this the previous evening, you would have arranged for extras. Because of situations like these, attendance-marking feature in InstaTeam comes in real handy. All players can mark their attendance without too many to-and-fro messages.


Managing fee collection and finances

It’s not just rude, but also vexing to chase after parents for fee collection. InstaTeam not only automates and manages fee collection but also takes care of selling merchandise, collecting payments for jerseys and gear, and also managing the entire fund raiser. All of the finances are linked directly to the bank account, making money-management a breeze.


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