Importance of Sports Youth

Why Sports are Crucial to The Development of Our Youth

Parental Involvement: "A Safe Zone"

While sports can be positive and beneficial for children and teenagers, a parent's involvement in the child's sports participation can either be positive or negative. For a child who receives positive attention without pressure from the parent, this can be a good experience. However, a number of youth feel pressured by their parents to become college and professional athletes. For these children and teens, sports can become stressful and unenjoyable. While parental involvement is always encouraged, it must be done in a way that benefits the child. Children love to hear that their parents are sincerely proud of them. Youth involvement in sports provides the perfect opportunity for these types of interactions to take place

To encourage their child's healthy attitude toward team sports, parents should ensure that their children are not overly involved in sports and other extracurricular activities to the point that they feel it is an obligation and is no longer fun for them. When parents allow their children to be involved in excessive activities, children become overwhelmed and are likely to resent the activities and perform poorly.

 

 

Essential Questions To Ask the Coach

 

  • How much training do you and your assistant coaches have (i.e. do you have a coach's license or certificate)?
  • Do any of the coaches have any safety or first-aid training? Are the coaches trained to know the signs and symptoms of concussion?
  • Will a properly equipped first aid kit be brought to all practices and competitions, and, for contact sports, have you received training in the evaluation and management of concussions? Will an automatic external defibrillator (AED) and someone with up-to-date certification and training in first-aid, sports safety, and the use of an AED be present at all practices and competitions?
  • Will someone with a cell phone be at all practices and games who can call 911 if necessary?
  • Do you have an amergency medical plan in place, and, if so, who will be responsible for calling the EMTs if necessary?
  • Will you promise to always put my child's safety ahead of winning?
  • Will you agree to set clear boundaries to prevent the possibility of abuse or harassment?
  • Will you agree to respect officials and not, for example, angrily yell at them for making what you believe to be bad calls?
  • What is the club or league policy regarding minimum playing time? What will be your policy regarding playing time?
  • How important is it to you to win as many games as possible?  How important will it be for the kids to have fun, learn life lessons and teamwork and develop their skills as athletes?
  • What is your policy regarding missed practices or games (i.e. what are circumstances in which it is acceptable for your child to miss a game, such as for a family wedding etc.)?
  • What type of volunteer help do you need?
  • What, when, and how is the best way to contact you? What is open to discussion? What is off limits?
  • If you cannot make the game, will you let us know who is going to be the coach?
  • Will you be in contact with parents during the season to give progress reports, get feedback?
  • What should we do as parents if we notice that our child is not getting the minimum playing time?
  • What tournaments are you planning for the team to enter and how much are they going to cost?  Will there be any other extra expenses?

     

  • Get Involved

    Youth sports give you the fantastic opportunity to be involved with your kids. Once your child decides to play sports, you've taken on the important role of sports parent. Being involved is not just about coaching. As a spectator, you will undoubtedly experience the joy, frustration and intensity of watching your kids play sports. But win or lose, it is important to be a good influence.