"There isn't any other youth institution that
equals sports as a setting in which to DEVELOP CHARACTER. There just isn't.
Sports are the perfect setting because
character is tested all the time."
- John Gardner, Presidential Medal of Freedom Winner and
Founding Member of Positive Coaching Alliance's National Advisory Board
A Responsible Sports Parent fills two key roles:
Ensuring your youth athlete's safety
Helping your youth athlete apply life lessons from sports on and off the field
Imagine the hockey equivalent of the following situation:
Your child comes up to bat with two outs in the bottom of the last inning, with the tying and winning runs in scoring position. He strikes out, ending the game in a loss for his team.
Think about it . . .What would YOU say to your child on the way home?
Get resources, tools and expert advice to help you help your kids improve their sports performance and learn the life lessons that sports uniquely can provide in this comprehensive guide for parents from the Responsible Sports website. Includes great information to help kids and parents:
Determine goals for kids' sports participation
Talk constructively about kids' sports
Encourage effort, learning and how to respond to mistakes
Fill emotional tanks
Honor the game
And for a kid's perspective, watch The Magic Hockey Helmet:
Mom's Team: A comprehensive resource for youth sports parents and coaches that brings together good information on health and safety, nutrition, successful parenting and sport-specific topics. Also has a section for team managers.
Old School Sports Parenting: Written by a sports parent, coach and teacher. Offers constructive but unvarnished and no-nonsense strategies for teaching young athletes about commitment, competitiveness and coachability. Great section on 10 Commandments and a list of other resources, complete with editorial comments. (This site is no longer active but is available on the Wayback Machine web archive.)
Sports and Teaching Teamwork for Kids: A collection of articles on building teamwork and realizing other benefits from youth sports participation. Playing on a sports team has both physical benefits and other advantages for youngsters. When children participate in sports, they can receive educational, social, and emotional boosts as well.
Encyclopedia of Sports Parenting: Subjects include detailed chapters on issues such as "Playing for a Demanding Coach," "The Unparalleled Value of Team," and "Should My Child Play on a Travel Team?" The text has been reviewed by over 60 distinguished individuals, all of whom have experience in either sports parenting or education.