Role of a Parent
Much of the focus in junior sport on competition and winning is propagated by adults and is generally a construct of their own involvement in sport, not their child’s. As parents and coaches, we need to consider the kind of environment we are creating for our children and be mindful of the messages we are sending.
When a child comes home from a game is the first question you
ask: ‘Did you win?’ or is it ‘Did you have fun?
Parent Code of Behaviour:
The behaviour of players, their parents, spectators, officials and administrators is absolutely critical in ensuring that young players enjoy an appropriate environment in their formative years of playing football.
A couple of points to remember:
• Remember that children participate in sport for their enjoyment, not yours;
• Encourage children to participate, do not force them;
• Focus on your child’s efforts and performance rather than whether they win or lose;
• Encourage children to play according to the rules and to settle disagreements without resorting to hostility or violence;
• Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a competition;
• Remember that children learn best by example. Appreciate good performance and skilful plays by all participants;
• Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities;
• Respect officials’ decisions and teach children to do likewise;
• Show appreciation for volunteer coaches, officials and administrators without them, your child could not participate;
• Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion
Have a great season in 2020!
Any questions please contact Tony