So Your Kids Are Trying Out for the Softball Team
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the team can be a very difficult physical and emotional challenge for youth
a Responsible Sport
or Coach, how can you make that
challenge easier for your kids? To begin:
your kids that no matter the outcome, they have your support
that they can’t control the outcome but can control their effort and attitude
them to focus on their own effort and not on what others are doing
Responsible Sports and the experts at
Positive Coaching Alliance also recommend these steps to help your kids manage
the youth sports tryout process:
Be Coachable. Parents, remind your
kids that coaches look for athletes who have the potential to improve (aka
“coachable” players). They may make
mistakes in tryouts, but how they handle them is even more important. How can kids deal
positively with mistakes?
Keep It Active and Fun.
Coaches can organize tryouts so athletes are
constantly in motion, instead of standing around and watching other players
perform, which can make them nervous. Creating
a fun environment can elicit stronger performances from kids.
Disappointment Is OK. Parents, help kids cope with disappointment
by reminding them that it’s OK to be disappointed. Empathize with them; don’t say the tryout
wasn’t important. Instead, consider
sharing a story about when you overcame disappointment. Or try a “You’re the
Kind Of Person” statement. What’s a “You’re the
Kind Of Person” statement?
Check Your Emotions. Having parents who get upset or angry or want
to challenge a coach’s decision about tryouts just puts added pressure on kids.
Honest Feedback. Coaches, one of the best things you can do is
give kids honest feedback about their tryouts, including areas where they can
improve. Then encourage them to try out next year. This gives them direction. How do you give kids
honest, “kid-friendly" criticism?
At Liberty Mutual Insurance,
we constantly look for ways to celebrate the countless acts of responsibility
shown by people every day. We created Responsible Sports,
powered by Positive Coaching Alliance, as part of this belief to help ensure
that our kids experience the best that sports have to offer in environments
that promote and display responsibility. We believe kids can learn valuable
life lessons when coaches and parents come together to support winning on and
off the field. Join the Responsible Sports movement!
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and coaches, this article is among a series created exclusively for partners in
the Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports program, powered by Positive Coaching Alliance.
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