When it comes to young athletes and kids being active, sports parents can either be a curse or a blessing in disguise. You need to understand that you cannot get over-involved in your kids’ team activity, as it will only feel like an intrusion. This way, your kids might end up resenting everything you do, no matter how good your intentions are.

Know that sports parents can definitely be a great pillar of support for young kids. However, you need to keep your cool and remember that it’s all about your kids developing useful physical, mental and social skills. Here are some useful things to keep in mind when it comes to your kids and youth sports:

1. Cheering for the rest of the team is a nice start

Cheering your kids on throughout a match is great way to motivate them. However, you should never focus just on them. It’s very important to cheer for the whole team, no matter if your kids are playing or sitting on the bench waiting their turn. Failing to do so will only make them believe that you are not really invested in the sport they play.

Also, as sport parents, you need to teach your kids about proper sportsmanship. After all, how can you expect them to be real team players if you yourself do not show any support for the team? Moreover, this will also set a great example for the rest of the kids and parents present at the event.

2. Sports parents should compliment the officials

Keep in mind that without any officials, there would not be any game. You need to understand that youth sports coaches deal with verbal abuse on a regular basis, especially from the parents. While you might not agree with all their calls, you need to understand that you are analyzing them from a subjective point of view instead of an objective one.

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Moreover, sports parents have the duty of instilling in their kids a respect for rules and authority. If they see that you are disagreeing with the officials’ decisions on a regular basis and getting into arguments, then they will start thinking that it’s the right thing to do.

3. Don’t criticize your kids too much

Constructive criticism definitely helps, but you need to make sure that you don’t overdo it. While your kids might appreciate some feedback from time to time, be it both positive and negative, keep in mind that they will not be open to suggestions all the time.

This is especially true if they have just lost a game that was important for them. Give them some time to gather their thoughts. They might even solve whatever confidence issue they might have on their own. Understand that this is the best way for your kids to learn what adulthood is all about: dealing with disappointment.

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However, remember that your kids playing sports is not something they do for you but for themselves. Accepting this is the best way to help them grow as a person, both on a physical and a mental level. Plus, you might even be regarded as important role models by the rest of the team this way.