Youth Sports: Don’t Be the Crazy Parent Who Embarrasses Their Family

If you have a child who participates in youth sports you can probably relate to this post. I feel like when I was a kid playing sports we never had the psychotic parent. Sure there may have been a few instances where a nut job ruined everybody else’s good time, but overall it seemed like a fun experience. More and more often today you see these enraged parents yelling at referees, coaches, or their own kid. It really is just sad to see a teenage, volunteer referee getting screamed at by a full grown adult. I don’t know what has caused this change, but it really needs to stop. These “adults” are embarrassing themselves and their families. They might be doing it because they care very much about their child and their success, but everything in life has boundaries. That type of behavior is definitely crossing the line, and borders on being highly inappropriate in a setting that should be family friendly.

A recent post at JBM Thinks talked about how youth sports have become more violent recently. The post talks about on field issues and also issues in the stands.

Have you come across a parent who harasses coaches, players, or referees? How did you handle the situation?

Youth Sports and Conflict: Too Many Commitments Can Cause Issues

Signing your kids up for sports is a tremendous way to let them have fun, meet new friends, develop skills socially and athletically, and learn life lessons. Sports have become an integral part of today’s society and that is a great thing. A child’s sport career may start as a fun thing that they do because you signed them up, however it can grow into a life long love they will always be a part of. On the flip side, your kid may grow up and realize whatever sport they’re playing just isn’t for them. This is fine because getting your kids involved with sports is mostly about them trying something new and taking away something from the experience.

As your children grow older they might become more seriously involved with sports. This could mean playing on more than one team per sport or even playing two different sports at the same time. This is really a good problem to have, and I don’t think you should ever discourage your child from participating in sports. Sometimes having too many commitments can lead to conflicts with game and practice times though.

A recent post on JBM Thinks titled, “What Should Your Athlete Do When His Youth Sports Teams Conflict”, talks about this sort of situation and how to handle it. I think you should let you child decide what is most important to him or her, and move forward from there. Let it be their decision, but help them if they need guidance and ask for it.

Has your child ever had a sport team conflict? How did your family handle the situation?

What Your Child Should Never Say to Their Coach

When your child begins to participate in organized sports it typically is a great thing for them. Learning about a teamwork, winning and losing are all great life lessons that they can learn on the field. Sometimes sports can be frustrating as well, and nobody likes to see their child struggle. No matter what their age may be, if your child is not getting playing time it can be tough to handle. Many children will quit or resort to complaining to coaches. Having coached before, I can vouch for coaches and tell you this is not the route to take.

A recent post from JBM Thinks titled, “5 Things Coaches Don’t Want to Hear” echoes my sentiment. The last thing coaches want to hear are players complaining about playing time, putting down teammates, or saying “I hate this”. This article is a good read for parents because teaching your child not to perform these actions could have a positive impact on their athletic experience.

Has your child had a negative experience playing sports? Do you think the topics covered in this article might have helped them be more successful?