Do’s & Don’ts for Parents with Children in Youth Sports

If you have a child involved in youth sports, you know how hectic things can get. From dropping kids off at practice, to fundraisers, to helping patch up a scraped knee, parents end up working just as much as their little athletes! Getting involved with your child’s youth sports can be a great way to bond but too much parent involvement can start to add stress to an already stressful big game. To make sure you help your child but don’t help too much, here is a list of do’s and don’ts for parents with children in youth sports.

  • Do be supportive. This is crucial as a parent of an athlete. You should be vocal about being proud of your child for all of their accomplishments no matter how big or small. If a game doesn’t go well, remind your child there is always a next time and that even the professional athletes have off days. An ice cream sundae is always a good idea no matter how the game went!
  • Don’t make it all about winning. Chances are your child is already under enough pressure from themselves, teammates, and their coach, so they don’t need more pressure from their parents. No one likes to lose but it is a part of the game. As a parent, remember this isn’t your game to win and your child may mimic your actions when they lose a game.
  • Do show your child how to accept a loss. Many people are always impressed when an athlete can lose a game but still recognize and congratulate the other team on their good performance. Encourage your child to show mature behavior when they lose a game. This is also a great lesson that they can take with them throughout life as they grow up and one that they will he happy you helped teach them.
  • Do educate yourself on the sport. As a parent it will be helpful if you know the rules of the game and can lend a helpful hand to your child if they ask for it. One great way to be more involved with the sport is to have a parent’s meet-up where you can discuss the game and can stay up to date on any important upcoming dates. You can also ask the coach if they know of any good resources to help you better familiarize yourself with the rules of the game. Once you know more about the sport, you will probably enjoy watching it more too!
  • Don’t try to coach. During the game you should be there to support your child and their team. You should not try to tell them how to play the game and you certainly should never try to out coach the actual coach. If you have any tips on how they can improve upon their skills, wait until the game is over and talk about it then.
  • Do offer to play games that will help your child improve their skills during free time. Perhaps your child needs some practice throwing a baseball, so suggest a game of catch after dinner or on the weekend. This can also help forge a deeper bond between you and your child.

Being a part of youth sports can help a child learn a lot of important life lessons. It can help them avoid trouble as they get older, and can even help them achieve greatness later in life. Follow these do’s and don’ts and you’ll do a great job of being an athlete’s parent! If you are looking to learn more about what you need to sign your child up for youth sports, you can read more here. For any help obtaining proof of age or identity to register your child, visit!


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