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Are You a Parent with Kids in Sports?

If you are a parent with kids in sports, then you know it is a VERY important role.

It takes a little extra work, but it can make a very positive impact on the mental and physical growth of your child.

Not every boy or girl will want to play sports, and that’s okay. There are other activities for kids to participate in other than sports.

They can take music, arts or theater in school, to name a few. They could also get involved with academic clubs or scouts.

If kids do want to play sports, as parents we want to make sure we are supporting them in the appropriate way.

"How Do Parents Support Their Kids In Sports?"

  • Parents should be supportive of their child and their child’s team by being positive and upbeat about their school’s sports programs, especially around the players.

  • Parents may assist as volunteers to work the chains for games or the scoreboard. Coaches may also need other game day help with non-coaching duties. They may ask for a parent or "team mom" to assist with these duties.

  • Parents should encourage their kids to play a variety of sports, so they can figure out which one they may like the best in the long run.

Common Rules For Parents with Kids in Sports

First, make sure you know what to bring to kids games. It is best to plan in advance on what you will need for yourself and your player for each game.

  • If a parent has an issue the'd like to discuss about the athletic program, they should contact the head coach after a game, after a practice or after school rather than during or before a game. The coach will be more willing to work it out at that time.

  • Parents are expected to conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner along with the players and coaches, showing respect for each other, officials, and opponents. After all parents are role models for kids.

  • Generally there are two things that parents should not attempt to discuss with a coach:
         o   Their child’s position on the team
         o   How much playing time their child receives during a game

Your child's position on the team and how much playing time they will get are subjects between the coach and player.

Many factors are involved in deciding these two areas and these are discussed on my page for football coach expectations. Many of these football coach expectations apply to other sports as well.

  • Sports practices are usually closed to parents, so they should stay outside the sports practice area until the practice is over.

  • Parents should maintain their composure with coaches. The school staff will most likely have their child removed from the team if parents become aggressive toward a coach. Parents should cool down first before coming to talk to a coach.

  • Parents should not argue calls with officials, nor should they shout at them or abuse them in any way. These officials are family men; they work regular day jobs, etc. They are officially trained officials, but they will blow a call from time to time, that is part of the game. Discussing calls with officials is the coach’s job only.

  • Parents should not to be on the sideline during games, it is distracting to the players and the coaches.

  • Parents should not bring sports drinks or water for their child at practice or games. The coaches generally provide plenty of fluids for players, and they do want to make sure they are hydrated at all times.

  • Parents should arrange rides for their player. Failure to pick up a player on time from practice or games may result in that player being removed from the team.

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