Parenting a student-athlete can be extremely difficult.
By establishing an understanding of each position - the student-athlete, the coach and the parent/guardian - we are better able to accept the actions of the other and provide a greater support to all.
As parents, when your child is involved in Lancer Athletics, you have the right to understand what expectations are placed on him/her. This begins with clear communications from the coach of the sport. It is also important to remember that positive interactions with the coach is an important step towards your child respecting and communicating with the coach.
Over the course of a season, it is often important to remember the following key principals of parenting a student-athlete:
- Ensure that your child understands that win or lose, you love him or her.
- Assist your child in setting realistic goals.
- Emphasize hard work, effort and "improved" performance, not individual or team results.
- Support and celebrate academics first, athletics second.
- Control your emotions at games and events.
- Respect your child's coaches. Communicate with them in a positive way. Encourage others to do the same.
- Respect the officials at your child's games. Officials are human and do make mistakes. An official has never won or lost a ballgame due to a call.
- Never approach an official after a game. Emotions are usually pretty high at that time.
- Be a positive role model for your child. Children do pay attention to your actions.