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Parents, Stay Positive at Game Time

Maintaining your inner balance during a sports event can sometimes be taxing. Emotions can get out of hand, especially when it’s your child’s team.  You certainly want to show your support but you definitely want to keep your responses positive and supportive of the entire team, and of course the sport.  But that doesn’t always happen and some parents cross the line.  Janis Meredith shares some tips on how keep yourself above the parental sports fray:

  • Minimize your exposure to over zealous parents
  • Maintain a physical distance from parents that you feel may become uncomfortably emotional
  • Tune off the negative comments
  • Turn up your positivity to squelch out the unpleasant commentaries

Find out more:  How to Not Let Crazy Sports Parents Get to You


Stay Tuned to the Pitch

Pitchers create a whirlwind of guessing games as to what pitch will be thrown to get the poorest reaction from the batter.  As a batter, it is important to quickly recognize the type of pitch that is coming at you.  When a ball is flying at you at 60-90 mph that is not easy.  As with anything, practice practice practice is the best thing to help you to recognize and react to the pitch.  CoachUp Nation has some great tips for the hitter to recognize what the pitcher is sending at them.

Read more:  Hitting Different Pitches

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Are Your Youth Sports Expenses Overwhelming?

The expenses for youth athletic sports add up quickly; between fees, equipment, and private lessons, then add in miscellaneous expenses like food, gas and sometimes lodging.

Balancing your child’s interest in sports and managing the expenses can sometimes be taxing.  JBM.Thinks shares some alternative options to find ways to save:

  • Buy only the basics first
  • Find ways to organize equipment swaps
  • Ask your child to chip in
  • Make wise informed choices
  • Say No sometimes

Find out more:  How to Help Your Child Compete in Sports Without Going Broke


Parents and Coaches Motivate Your Athletes

Sports Feel Good Stories shares 15 tips on how parents and coaches can motivate their athletes.  Keeping in mind that motivating anyone including yourself is a life-long process, and that there isn’t one magical pill that will work for everyone.

Arnold Palmer, one of the greatest golfers of all time, and Vince Lombardi of Green Bay Packers coaching fame both, found motivation in a poem:

Thinking by Walter Wintle

If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win, but you think you can’t,
It is almost a cinch that you won’t.If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost;
For out of the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will
It’s all in the state of mind.If you think you’re outclassed, you are;
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win the prize.Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But sooner or later the man who wins
Is the one who thinks he can!

Confidence boosting, setting realistic expectations, good communication, trust, and whispering criticism and shouting praise are but a few ways you can help motivate your athlete, and hopefully in time, they will learn to motivate themselves and others.

Check out:  How to Motivate Athletes: 15 Tips for Parents and Coaches, for some great ideas.



Does Your Softball Bat Bring Out the Best in You?

Your softball bat should not just be purchased on a whim.  Your bat needs to bring out the best of your abilities, and that is what should seal the deal.  You need to assess bat length and weight, and balance; then add to the equation, your own strength, your personal preference and the mechanics of your hitting.

And on top of that, there are a wide array of bats made of different materials like aluminum and composites to choose from.  To further complicate matters, you have to consider your age, weight, and height, and there are also regulation limits on the length and weight of your bat.  Having the right bat can make a huge difference in your softball career.  You need to be educated on how to purchase the right softball bat for you, so find out more from Sports Feel Good Stories:  Selecting the Best Softball Bat Guide



Transitioning from Injured List to Active Roster

Every parent’s worst nightmare is seeing or hearing that their child has been injured at a sporting event.  After dealing with the actual injury trauma and treatment, and rehabilitation; then comes the return back to the sport, if your child is so inclined.  This return to sports is a transition for your child, you as parents, the coach, as well as, the team.

Ker’Shyra Myrick of Sportingkid.Live has a great question and answer interview with Dr. Kristen Dieffenbach, associate professor of athletic coaching education at West Virginia University and an executive board member for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.  Dr. Dieffenbach shares important insights and suggestions on how to make this transition period work best for all involved.

One of her suggestions is that it is vital for the athlete to understand how and why their injury occurred.  Dr. Dieffenbach shares, “This will help the athlete take a deep breath and focus on what they can control, like improving their balance or learning how to fall or take a tumble safely rather than stress about things beyond their control like a rainy field. Focusing on developing quality skills that they are good at can help reduce injuries and re-injury.”

Find out more: From the Sidelines to the Action: Returning from an Injury


Build Up Resilience in Your Children

It is extremely difficult as a parent to see your children fail at something that they love and have worked hard at. However, it is really important to build up your children’s ability to bounce back from situations that do not meet their expectations.  Resilience is defined as the ability to recover readily – it’s vital for your child’s ability to progress in sports or in other arenas to be able to build their ability to recover, assess their missteps and move on with a new strategy.  As parents, it’s helpful to know what to say, what to do and how to do it.

Read more at CoachUp Nation:  How To Raise Kids Who Bounce Back


Kristen Edmonds on Making Mistakes

Kirsten Edmonds recalls, ““I was lucky that I was taught by the coaches that I played for growing up and by my mentors that it’s not the mistake – it’s the reaction after the mistake that makes the difference,” says Edmonds, a star midfielder for the Orlando Pride of the National Women’s Soccer League.

Edmonds received the Golden Boot award for scoring the most goals on her team.  She is listed on the U.S. Women’s National Team training camp roster last year and Kirsten is a strong player in a very talented pool of players.

“And her message to young players – and those who coach them – is that everyone makes mistakes, including her and all the best players on the planet.”

For the full interview by Greg Bach, SportingKid.Live see:  Revving up the right reactions

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How to Get Work Experience and Play Sports

Playing a sport, schoolwork, and then a job are often times too difficult to juggle. But we all know that being well-rounded is an important goal.  So how can you squeeze in one more important thing that you should be doing.  Angela Huckles, two-time US Soccer Olympic Gold Medalist shares 7 great ideas on how to weave work experience into your super busy athlete life:

  1. Job shadowing
  2. Take advantage of off season time
  3. Internships
  4. Change your Mindset
  5. Ask for help and know people are willing to help
  6. Plan Ahead
  7. Use resources around you

For details go to:  How to Gain Experience as a Student Athlete


Support Your Athlete In the Ways that Count

Most kids and that includes youth athletes, at a certain age act like they don’t want their parents around them.  But truth be told, many of them really appreciate and need your presence at game time rooting them on.  Janis B. Meredith of team SNAP shares 15 Intangible Ways to Show Support for Your Athlete.  Let’s start off with 5:

  • Let your young athlete choose their sport or choose not to play one
  • Be a positive spectator
  • Support without coaching
  • Express your pride, win or lose
  • Don’t let your young athlete’s sports define you as a parent