Parents Should Support, Not Criticize Sports Performance

The last thing a child needs to hear on the sports sideline is a parent giving coaching pointers or putting pressure on them to perform. What they want most is unconditional support and encouragement.

Sports Parenting: Teaching the Right Values Should Always Come First

A mom of seven says parents of youth athletes need to make sure that their kids' sports promotes values and life lessons consistent with their own.

My Polaroid Moment......Good things develop over time...

As an official, I have the benefit of seeing immediate behavior changes as a direct result of my calls. Blow the whistle and play stops. Warn the kids to ease up rough play, and they do. Such immediate gratification comes with the job.  As a parent, however, this is not always the case. Aside from adoption of safety rules such as "wear your seatbelt!", or "look both ways before crossing the street!",  we might witness the demonstration of values such as honesty, integrity, or good sportsmanship over time and only in certain circumstances.

Sports Team Tryouts: Parents Can Help Their Child Get An Edge

The competition for rosters spots on school sports teams seems to be more competitive than ever. There are a few very important ways that you can help your child get the edge he or she may need to win a spot. Here are some tips for parents on how they can help their child perform at their best during tryouts.

Best and Worst of Youth Sports: January to June 2011

There were plenty of bad acts to choose from for the first half of 2011, but on the good side of the ledger was a lesson in sportsmanship from a 5th grader at Evansdale Elementary School in Atlanta, Georgia, which earned him first place in the National Sportsmanship Day Essay Contest, Elementary Division in March. 

Making Camp Last — Extending the Benefits After Your Camper Returns Home

Tips to help families keep the spirit and life lessons their child learned at camp alive long after the campfire embers cool.

Adults In Youth Sports: How to Make It Fun for Kids

Adults involved in youth sports are the ones who are ultimately responsible for the quality of a child's sports experience. To create a positive sports environment for youth athletes to ensure they have fun, parents need to ask six key questions.

Youth Sports About Learning Fundamentals and Having Fun

It's unfortunate that so many coaches and parents see each season's won and loss record as the only measure of success, instead of being just a part of having fun and the learning experience. The real journey in youth sports, says youth basketball commissioner and founder of Respect Sports, Frank White, should be that each season's learning builds upon the previous season's fundamentals as athletes strive to achieve enough skills to play at the varsity high school level, or just enough achievement to enjoy playing the game, at even the recreational sports level.
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