The Parent! Be the Good One!!!
The big travel season just ended and it is time to talk about the Parents! Yes, you! You are part of the process. You hear everyone talk about it all the time, but you’re not listening! College Coaches look at you too but you still continue behaving the way you do. Be the GOOD parent. Cheer for all the kids, not just yours. Support the Coaches even if you don’t agree. Enjoy the game, it will soon be gone. Please don’t criticize, judge or correct YOUR kid and especially not someone else’s kid. When they make an error, just relax, it happens at all levels. You know not to yell at them but you say silly things like, “Come on girls!” Listen to those that have gone through the process before you, they have lots of experience. The Rumor’s, just stop them. Don’t be a part of them. If you listen to them then you’re part of it. Don’t be one of the parents that goes to the farthest corner and pouts and then the other parents join you to commiserate, we see you and know who you are and you’ll continue doing it in college too. College Coaches see you and know that you’re the unhappy parents out there complaining and criticizing the team Coach. Please don’t sit or stand right where your daughter is positioned on the field or near the on deck circle and coach them and give them all your advice. Get a note pad out and make notes of what things you can work on during your next practice in the backyard. Stay on your teams, be part of a team as your problems are yours, not the teams and wherever you go next those problems are still yours! Sit in the stands and cheer with the rest of the families. Enjoy the game! YOGA Breaths! You need to breathe. I say this often to the parents and you can see the changes in the ones that get it. Your kids are good kids, they work hard, they win, they lose and at the end of the day you need to be their number 1 fan, supporter, friend and advocate!