As a sports parent and coach, I know how complicated youth sports can be at times. So I’d like to share some helpful articles that shed light on the challenges we face… and some funny ones that might even give us an opportunity to laugh at ourselves. Please enjoy… and please click here to try our iSport360 app, which helps coaches, kids and parents set goals, share player feedback and track player progress throughout the season. Our goal is simple: to help kids have more success, more confidence, and more fun.
For over 20 years Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) has been helping coaches shape better players and better people in youth sports. And that’s why I love sharing their amazingly funny, but oh-so-true video about how sideline parents’ behavior impacts their kids. Truth is folks: being a sports parents takes a lot of energy, patience, commitment… and yes, even self-control… I know first hand. But the next time your child gets knocked down, beat by an opponent, taken out of the game, put in a position you don’t like, I DARE YOU TO CHILL… literally! Watch the video here.
OK, I’ll admit it, I have some of the loudest, most spirited parents on the soccer team that I coach…..and I mean that in a good way. They find something to cheer about for 60 straight minutes at every one of our u11 girls soccer games and that’s one of my favorite things about our games…win or lose. That being said, there’s probably a law of diminishing returns when parents cheer on their kids for 60 minutes straight every game. Read more here.