Once again our sports parents have come up with a great insight that we just had to share (you guys are really on a role lately!) Last week we wrote about those sports parents that think their kid is Heir Jordan and how that can impact the dynamic of the team. There’s a fine line between being a proud sports parent and being a boastful one and when you cross that line it can but the other parents, the coaches, and even the players themselves in a tight spot. But here’s what one baseball dad has to say to those other parents;
Just looking at baseball, about 10,000,000 kids worldwide play baseball each year and about 1000 are on active MLB rosters, maybe their child might be the next big star, but the math is 1 in 10,000.
The attitude should be “sports is the next big thing in my child’s life.”
If parents realize all the real benefits of sports to their children such as self esteem, sportsmanship, teamwork, facing fear, etc., being a star should be very low on the list.
Can you think of a better motto for youth sports than that? Obviously we at SportsSignup are a little biased, and while youth sports isn’t for every child (and that’s okay!), playing on a sports team for even a season or two can teach our kids so many valuable life lessons that they’ll carry with them for years to come.
Being proud of what you’ve accomplished.
No one is born knowing how to throw a perfect spiral pass or shoot a three-pointer but every day you practice you’re bound to get a little bit better! Sometimes young players get frustrated if they feel like they aren’t as good as their teammates or they aren’t progressing in their skills as fast as they’d like but sports, like most of life, comes with a learning curve. You should reward yourself for the progress you have made! That makes it a lot easier to not get as discouraged when they try to make it to the “next level.” Youth athletes deserve to be proud of their accomplishments and be recognized for their hard work.
How to work in a team.
Even individual sports like gymnastics and tennis have a “team” element to them. Young players will practice with and against other athletes, travel to tournaments and competitions with them, and (hopefully) cheer each other on. And there is no denying that playing a team sport like baseball, basketball, or lacrosse teaches youth athletes how to work together and overcome their differences to achieve a common goal. As players get older and move onto more competitive teams there are bound to be other players they don’t get along with. While there is no rule that says you have to be best friends with everyone on your team you do have to respect each other and work together if you want to win, just like the rest of life.
No doubt many sports parents want their youth athletes to go on to a glorious and wildly career as a professional athlete but there is so much more to be earned by playing sports than just a big fat paycheck and shoe deals. Let’s be honest with ourselves, most of the kids who play youth sports won’t go on to be Olympians or play in the pros, but that doesn’t mean they can’t love to play sports for the rest of their lives! Like our baseball dad said, it’s the “real benefits” of youth sports that matter the most.