- Make sure your children know that--win or lose--you love them and are not disappointed with their performance.
- Be realistic about your child's physical ability.
- Help your child set realistic goals.
- Emphasize improved performance, not winning.
- Positively reinforce improved skills.
- Don't relive your own athletic past through your child.
- Provide a safe environment for training and competition. This includes proper training methods and use of equipment.
- Control your own emotions at games and events. Don't yell at other players, coaches, or officials.
- Be a cheerleader for your child and the other children on the team.
- Respect your child's coaches. Communicate openly with them. If you disagree with their approach, discuss it with them.
- Be a positive role model. Enjoy sports yourself. Set your own goals. Live a healthy lifestyle.
Eleven Ways to Be a Successful Youth Sports Parent