Just yesterday we ventured into a new world in our realm of athletics, we registered BOTH kids for soccer. Being that we have been a baseball family up until this point, I was scouring the website for all of the information I could absorb. Right as I was getting ready to commit and push the 'register now' button, I noticed an unchecked box marked with the little red asterisk that means it's required. Now, I'm sure I'm like many of you, normally I check those bad boys and move on with life, giving no attention to the fine print, but this one caught my eye. It was parental guidelines and expectations. I thought they were spot on and this entire blog post is simply to share them. Many of them translate into life quite well.
1. Children have more need for example than for criticism.
2. Attempt to relieve the pressure of the competition, not increase it. A child is easily affected by outside influences.
3. Be kind to your child's coach and officials. The coach is a volunteer, giving of personal time and money to provide a recreational activity for your child.
4. The opponents are necessary friends. Without them your child could not participate.
5. Applaud good plays by your team and by members of the opposing team.
6. Do not openly question an official's judgment and honesty. Officials are symbols of
fair play, integrity, and sportsmanship.
7. Accept the results of each game. Encourage your child to be gracious in victory, and to turn defeat into victory by working towards improvement.
8. Remember your child is involved in organized sports for their enjoyment, not yours.
9. Encourage your child to always play by the rules.
10. Teach your child that honest effort is as important as victory so that the result of each game is accepted without undue disappointment.