Basics

Don't Criticize Your Child's Athletic Performance

The last thing a child needs to hear is a parent criticizing their performance or giving coaching pointers. What they want most is unconditional support and encouragement, not criticism.

Over-Involved Youth Sports Parent: Are You One?

Children and teens are uncomfortable if parents listen to their music, wear their style of clothes, or use their slang or become over-involved with their school, friends or sports.  Here are some warning signs.

Attending Your Child's Practice Can Be Rewarding

There are a number of reasons you might consider attending some of your child's practices in addition to his games. Watching your child practices gives you a chance to see how he is developing as a player and is an excellent way to let your child know that you care about his participation in sports and that every aspect is important, not just the games, not just whether his team wins or loses, or how he performs.

Five Ways To Model Good Sportsmanship For Your Child

There are five things you can do as a parent to show your children (and other parents) what being "a good sport" is really all about, says sports psychologist, Shane Murphy.

What to Look For in A Picking A Sport for Your Child

There are :(1) look for a program that emphasizes skill development over winning; (2) look for sports activities your child will enjoy; and (3) ask whether your under-12 child needs to participate in competitive sports at all.

Being Successful Sports Parent Not Easy

Being a parent of a young athlete is not easy. Helping your child handle the ups and downs of competition is hard enough. But most challenging is learning how to manage your own emotions.

Incentives Wrong Way to Motivate Child in Sports

Sports psychologist Dr. Casey Cooper advises parents that giving a child incentives for performing well in sports usually backfires.

Coping Strategies for Families When a Child's Sports Careeer Ends

Sports psychologist Dr. Casey Cooper talks about ways families are affected when a young athlete suffers a career-ending injury and offers coping strategies.

Love of Sports Key To Your Child's Athletic Success

No adult involved in American youth soccer scene deliberately sets out to destroy the love of the game for the players. Rather, they often get caught up in the anxiety of the moment and do not have the skills to handle the pressure and consequently act out or speak inappropriately. When referees, coaches and players are able to stay in the zone of optimal performance, then the atmosphere provides for a high level of enjoyable soccer. The love of the game is strengthened.

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