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Your children are very active in youth sports. They are active participants in recreational leagues that teach them the fundamentals of sport. It is not uncommon for negativity to consume them at times, but they are often simple methods for reducing this form of fatigue. One of the areas where they are at risk to falter the most is when their parents exaggerate the truth, stretch their boundaries, or become fed up with areas surrounding a game or play. Below are a few areas that parents seem to struggle with in youth sports. These struggles can heighten the nerves of their youngsters and can ultimately put their youth sports experience at risk.

“My Kid Doesn’t Play Enough”

Your child is the apple of your eye. The overlap where this causes some issue is in youth sports. You want to see them succeed, but above all, you want to see them as an active member on the team. Youth team sports are defined the exact way they sound: a team sport. No one contributor is going to be a key difference maker on the ice rink, basketball court, or baseball diamond. The idea is developing positive behaviors of these children and teach them manners and respect. The sporting aspect of these events is minor in scope. They are only taught basic skills, leaving some to catch on more quickly than others. This isn’t to say one child is better than another, but team sports will take individual spotlights away from single players in favor of teamwork aspects.

“These Officials Don’t Know What They are Doing”

A second tactic is to blame the referee. The officials that are seeded in youth sports are often obtained via a volunteer basis. They take time out of their busy 9-to-5 schedules to help teach children right from wrong on the playing field. They are also key contributors to ensuring children learn to respect opposing players and the rules of the game. They are going to miss some calls in favor of a progressive game. If they made calls like NFL referees, you would notice your kid’s pee-wee football contest lasting hours and hours. They revert to the whistle as little as possible to give the kids maximum exposure. They are creating the positive environment in which your kid interacts. Heckling the messenger is only going to shed shade your way.

“It’s the Coach’s Fault”

Next up on the parent battering ram is another easy target: the coach. Like the referees, coaches in youth sports provide much of their energy and time on a volunteer basis. They have more than likely been versed in the particular sport and have chosen to devote their time to spreading their knowledge of the game. In youth sports, it is not uncommon to find a parent or a studying athlete to coach these little ones. So, the parent to parent banter is something that will come full circle with a parent head coach. Blaming one individual for your child’s distress or failure is something that skips the learning in a valuable lesson: a loss. Throughout their sporting careers, they are going to lose contests. They are going to have both close losses and large losses on their resume. This is just the nature of the game and it is something that shouldn’t have to be shouldered by these gracious volunteers.

Limit your Involvement

The parent factor is becoming increasingly annoying for children. It is hurting their progress when criticisms are cast. Whether it be direct or indirect, it is slowly becoming a reason for children to lose interest before their passions can be released. Practice with your children at home, away from their daily contests. Talk with them in a light tone and see what they think about the sport or what they have learned. Take the created blame and spin it into something that can create a progressive movement. Help reduce the parent factor in youth sports and remove these excuses from your vocabulary.