Many parents make an enormous effort so that their children can participate in sports. Undoubtedly, without parents’ support, most children could not participate with the same dedication required by many sports. Because of this, we recognize and applaud the role parents play in team sports.
This effort, however, is not enough to obtain the maximum benefit of the sport. The manner in which parents handle the challenges that arise in team sports will have just as profound an impact on a child’s development.
Parents can be greatly affected by watching their children participate in sports. A parents’ behavior during their children’s athletic events can affect a child’s performance and development. It can also contribute to others’ perception of the school.
Most children perform poorly when they receive instructions from their parents during a game, hear unwarranted criticism, see gestures of disapproval, or feel embarrassed by their parent’s behavior. Your child’s performance will be better if you conduct yourself discreetly. Enjoy being a spectator without interfering in the game.
Parents who criticize, ridicule, bad-mouth, or insult the referee or the rivals set a bad example for their children. Always try to be a good role model by respecting the referees even if you disagree with their calls.
Players, coaches, and fans of competitor teams also deserve respect—not to mention your child’s coach and team. This respect must always be evident even in the most difficult moments. Don’t allow yourself to be provoked by the actions of others. If parents from the opposing team are acting poorly, don’t make the mistake of doing the same. Distinguish yourself with positive behavior.
- Enormous effort to support children’s participation in sports
- Time commitment
- The way parents react has a profound influence on the child’s development
- Parents may suffer while watching children participate in sports. This is normal because what happens during the competition affects both parent and child and we don’t like to see our children suffer. But it is not a tragedy!
- Make an effort to have a good time and be prepared to suffer without it causing you to lose control
- Respect the coach
- Respect the referee
- Respect the team
- Respect the opponent
- Distinguish yourself with exemplary behavior: You are teaching your child!