Often, parents get so wrapped up in the excitement of youth sports that the experience becomes more about the parents than the kids. Sports parents need to release their young athletes to the game. When sports kids approach middle school, and sports become more competitive, it’s time for parents to take a step back. Let them be responsible for their own successes and failures. This will allow sports kids to grow and develop.
You want the sports experience to be your child’s experience—not yours. However, it’s critical, before you step back, to feel comfortable with your child’s coach and program. Before you sign up your young athlete, it’s a good idea to interview the coach about his or her philosophy and ensure it’s a philosophy you agree with. Once you feel comfortable with a coach, that’s when you start releasing” your child to the game, and let the coaches do their job.
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