Your Responsibility In Your Child’s Sporting Development


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Parents that support their children learning a sport as they grow up, will inherently have a higher bond. Your son or daughter, is pushing themselves physically, trying to achieve better and better performance in the sport they have fun playing. Parents have more to do than just standing at the line giving words of encouragement.

They also have to buy the right kind of equipment so their child isn’t handicapped against the other kids.

They must also be consistent in their interest, watching their child’s mistakes and successes. Giving them sound advice, helping them to overcome issues with confidence and being there for them when they had a bad day, is all part and parcel of being a great parent.

What are the other responsibilities you have for helping your child grow up and improve in their sports?

Learning the tactics

Let’s face it, you don’t have to be obsessed with the sport your kids like to play. You work full-time, you’re busy, you have a million other things to worry about.

But, once your kid starts to show a lot of love for what they do, it’s time to do some research.

Learning more about a sport is easier than ever before. All you need is an internet connection and a device hooked up to the worldwide web. Look on YouTube for tutorial videos about the different techniques and strategies involved in the sport they play.

There are lots of different baseball, football, hockey, badminton, and tennis channels to name a few. From coaches giving short lessons for free, to former and current stars of the sports, giving tips to youngsters at local schools, there are plenty of video resources you have access to, for free.

Picking up a book or two about tactics and techniques in the sport is also a good idea to get yourself familiar with the lingo and intricate intelligent plays that advanced players have.

Choose the right equipment

Sadly, many parents give whatever kind of equipment they can to their kids and hope it will work out. Don’t be this kind of person, dedicate your time and wallet to your child’s love of the sport.

Buying the right equipment is more important than just buying equipment. Take a look at these oakley glasses for men, they are shaped specifically to wrap around the eyes to block out the sun from the sides. They’re also lightweight and they fit snugly around the head.

They’re designed from the ground up to be worn in sports, while you’re running, jumping and diving. Take a look at the Radar EV Path glasses for a perfect example of this. 

A quick Google search will reveal plenty of information about different brands you should pay attention to. If your child is a tennis player, search for ‘top 10 tennis equipment brands’.

To get really specific, search for particular equipment brands such as ‘top 5 tennis shoes brands’.

You’ll be bombarded with reviews but if you take half an hour to read through some of them, you’ll know why certain brands are better. Look for the best designs that give comfort, mobility, and durability to the user.

Encouraging them daily

Do not be a parent that turns on their impression of a coach only on the day of their practice or official match. You should be giving your kids words of encouragement every day. Ask them how they feel, a day after practice.

Are they tired, what part of their body is sore and why do they think they got hurt there?

These questions are the opening gambit to get your child to talk more about what they feel and possibly what they did to become injured. Then you can begin to talk about their technique and help them to improve. You don’t want to come across as overly critical because this can turn them away from the sport, or only play to impress you.

Tell them they’re doing a good job in the areas that you know they are. If they run faster than the other kids, let them know this. You’re giving your children a perspective from the outside. It’s common to not know how well you’re doing until you view your performance from a distance.

You are that mirror that shows them they’re improving. 

Parents have the ultimate responsibility of raising their children to be confident and follow what they love doing in life. This starts with supporting their sporting lives, by buying the right kind of equipment. Give them the edge over their opponents and give them daily words of encouragement.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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