Category Archive: Parents In Sports

Sep 29

A Child’s Letter to his Parents

  The letter is dated 1982. Yet, episodes of negative parental involvement in sport have not diminished or improved – in fact, they have increased and worsened. The drop-out rate in is currently estimated at 73% at age 12, and said to continue until age 17. The letter is a testimony to the current issues …

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Sep 29

The ‘Screen Age’… Too Much TECH And The Impact

  Today’s modern life is besieged with techno products as they have been growing rapidly to become an important part of our lives. However, sociologists, psychologists, and behavioral experts report that it’s use is producing negative effects on children and youth. Some are now reporting consequences of such digital habits – and they don’t like …

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Aug 15

Parents In Sports

…. “Sports are wonderful: they can bring you comfort and pleasure for the rest of your life. Sports can teach you so much about yourself,your character, how to be resolute in moments of crisis and how to fight back from the brink of defeat. In this respect, the lessons of sport cannot be duplicated easily. …

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Jul 28

Skills To Manage Conflict In Your Club Program

People tend to hold certain beliefs or myths about conflict. For example, …it is always negative or has to be a contest. This is incorrect as only the results are either positive or negative! Conflict is a seemingly ‘slowly simmering’ development. A given situation may start as an issue, evolve into a problem, and then …

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Jun 27

Young Athletes Under Pressure

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  I am addressing Sport Burnout and Dropout in this Newsletter because the rates are increasing year to year. Many times, programs attempt to imitate Professional Teams or the training methods of successful Olympic athletes without reflection on- or consideration of the age group involved, the physical capacity, technical, and mental capabilities of those children …

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Jul 29

The Ultimate Sports Parent

Instilling Confidence and Success in Sports   This Blog “Youth Sports” offers excellent information and products for coaches and parents. The site also sends out weekly emails. Lisa Cohn and Patrick Cohn, Ph.D, posted the following article on their blog, July 9, 2015.   Sports parenting as divorced parents poses a number of challenges. However, …

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Jul 29

The ‘Darker Side’ of Coaching

This article relates to the June Newsletter because it addresses another ethical/moral issue, coaching conduct. Several years back, investigation revealed the ‘darker side’ of coaching through several major articles, which caused quite a stir… “Who’s coaching Your Kid? Every Parent’s Nightmare” by Nack and Yaeger (1999), Block’s “What will happen to my Boy” (2001, pp. …

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May 29

Becoming the ‘Winner’ Parent on your Child’s Sport Team – Part 3

Guidelines and Suggestions – Part 3   9) Understand That Challenging, Threatening, Or Bribing The Child Is Harmful Parents may use guilt, directly or indirectly, and even threats to ‘motivate’ the child to perform better. According to experts, this may provide short-term results but the long-term costs, emotional and psychological health on sport performance can …

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Apr 27

Becoming the ‘Winner’ Parent on your Child’s Sport Team

Guidelines and Suggestions – Part 2   5) Be Supportive In Your Role – But You Are NOT the Coach   Your role in the Athlete-Coach-Parent Team is to be SUPPORTIVE and act as a facilitator, that is helping to ‘make it all work for everyone!’ You need to be your child’s best and ‘unconditional …

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Mar 28

Becoming the ‘Winner’ Parent on your Child’s Sport Team

Guidelines and Suggestions – Part 1   Parents are either super supportive or can be a real ‘pain in the butt!’ I told one father, a Veterinary, some time ago: I don’t tell you how to operate on the animals in your clinic because your are the trained professional – the same goes for my …

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