We have a tendency to keep things that we cherish close to us, it’s a natural instinct. Children are our most valuable resource, and as parents the need to protect them makes all the sense in the world.
Having said that, your son or daughter wants to play on a sports team so what do you do? You don’t want to squash their enthusiasm for physical activity, not to mention self-confidence and self-esteem. Well not to worry, in my years as an Athletic Coach I have found that there are a few things that you can do to ease your mind.
First let’s take a look at the research and how it points to the fact (pros) that kids who play sports do better in school than those who do not, they have a better outlook on life, team sports promotes cooperation and communication skills and the (cons) risk of injury. Still undecided, then follow this checklist:
- Schedule a meeting with the Coach, a brief informal 5 to 10 minute conversation about his/her philosophy – is it a win, win emphasis or is it a learning experience for all.
- Find out where they will be practicing and if possible visit the facility and make note of what type of condition it is in, and the location.
- What are the dates and times for practice and is it going to interfere with their schoolwork.
This will allow you to get a feel for whether or not you will let your child participate and if this particular team is a good fit for your child. Have any ideas to go on the checklist? I’d love to hear from you.