A parent’s role in youth sports

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal)  How do we handle ourselves as parents, coaches and spectators during youth sports?  Dr. Rob Robinson, Clinical Director of Family Care Counseling Associates in Wilbraham shared his tips.

Youth sports can be a lot of fun for the whole family, but when kids participate in youth sports, parents should think about their expectations, roles, and reasons for getting involved in the first place. Here are some questions to ask yourself.

What’s the Purpose?

  • Recreation and exercise
  • Fun
  • Exposure to a particular sport
  • Getting college scholarship money
  • Becoming a professional athlete?

Will you be coaching your child and your child’s team?

  • Will everyone play equally
  • Will you be showcasing your child
  • Will you treat your child like all the other kids on the team
  • Will your child expect favorable treatment

What’s the plan for handling issues and possible conflicts that may come up during the season?

How will you handle the family “all star” ?

  • Do the other kids in the family like joining in to watch their sibling at every game
  • Is there respect for different interests and abilities with the other children in the family

How will youth sport participation impact the family lifestyle?

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