It’s basketball season…are you ready?
Your kids leave the house with all the equipment they will need for the game: shoes, socks, ankle braces, uniform, water bottle, and even both uniforms.
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.
If you’re a basketball parent, you know that the close proximity to players, coaches, refs, and other spectators is a breeding ground for emotional explosions. As basketball parents we need to mentally prepare ourselves for the fray that will come. Next time you head out the door to the gym, check to be sure you have all you need for the game:
A sense of humor. No parent can survive without the ability to laugh at themselves and with their kids. In other words, 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 them, 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!