If your child made mistakes in sports in 2019 —of course they did — 2020 is a chance to start fresh and make some new habits that will make it a better year for them and their team.
1. Encourage teammates. Voice your support even when you are discouraged about your own play.
2. Seek to understand. The coach and your teammates. This can clear up conflicts and promote teamsmanship.
3. Never lose the fun. Play for the joy of the game. If you’re not, then it’s okay to move on.
4. Don’t take it out on Mom and Dad. When you’re frustrated with the game or with practice, it’s easy to project that on parents. Instead of treating them like the enemy, let them know you’re struggling and will talk when you are ready.
5. Speak up for yourself. When you are frustrated about something, don’t depend on your parents to fight your battles for you.
6. Respect the officials. Sure, they will make bad calls, but they are doing their best to be fair.
7. Have a life outside of sports. Enjoy other things that have nothing to do with sports. Enjoy your family and friends and other interests. You need balance.
8. Put mistakes in the past. Give them enough attention to figure out how not to do them again and move on.
9. Put the team first and always give your best effort. Selfless team players make stronger teams. This game is not about you; it’s about your team.
10. Thank your parents, your coaches, your officials and your teammates. Everyone appreciates a thank you. Your gratitude might very well make someone’s day.
The pages of 2020 are blank. You are the one who is going to write what goes on those pages.
The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day. (Edith Lovejoy Pierce)
Janis Meredith is a family life coach who wants to help all parents raise champions. You can find out more at rcfamilies.com