It happens to every sports parent. You get your kid to the game and sure enough, he’s forgotten a very important piece of sports equipment. I tried to avoid this by keeping a mental check list.
Shoes? Socks? Ankle braces? Uniform? Water bottle? Both uniforms? Are you sure?
Obviously,it’s important for athletes to arrive at games with all their equipment. But I think it’s just as important for parents to bring their own emotional tools to the game. Especially when it’s time for basketball season.
At basketball games, the close proximity to players, coaches, refs, and other spectators is a breeding ground for emotional explosions. Basketball parents need to mentally prepare themselves for the fray that will come. Next time you head out the door to the game, check to be sure you have all you need for the game:
A sense of humor. Lighten up. Find the fun and joy in your child’s game instead of worrying about how many minutes they are on the court, how many rebounds they have or how bad the ref’s calls are.
A deaf ear. It’s easier to hear trash talk and negative remarks while sitting in a gym than when watching an outdoors game. To enjoy the game, you’ll have to ignore them and if you can’t, then choose your seat carefully.
A thick skin. If you cannot turn a deaf ear to the ignorant and senseless remarks you hear, then you better develop a thick skin, one that is not overly sensitive to the rudeness of others. Otherwise you might find yourself saying things you’ll regret.
A tamed tongue. Please do not coach your child from the bleachers. It’s distracting to her, undermines the coach, and puts pressure on your child to perform up to your standards.
Zipped lips. You may think it, you may even whisper it under your breath, but do not say it out loud. If you can’t say anything nice about a player, don’t say anything at all. Someone is always listening.
And last, but not least, a bleacher chair. Seriously. You need one of these if you are going to spend any length of time sitting on those rock hard bleachers.
If you have all these “tools” in your bag, then you are ready to head to the game. Enjoy!