Kids’ sports…sounds like it should be all fun and games, doesn’t it?
When sports parents enter the world of youth sports, they step into a different culture, with it’s own political problems, protocol, expectations, and demands.
If you are like I was, you may be thinking, I’m just signing my kids up for some fun, how hard can that be?
And at first, it was pretty easy and fun. But as my kids got older and the games got more competitive, youth sports started evolving. It went from something cute and innocent to something much more serious.
I was saddened, angered, disappointed, and often frustrated at the things I encountered over the next 20 years that my kids played competitive sports.
Kids’ Sports Can Get Complicated
But as the months and years wore on, I realized youth sports was much more complicated that it looked. Being your child’s cheerleader is the fun and easy part; it’s the stuff that surrounds the game that gets sticky.
Before the buzzer sounds to start the game, signifying that you are officially a sports parent–or even if the buzzer has already sounded and you are well into your kids’ sports experience–there are some facts you should know about the competitive road ahead.
Not to scare or discourage you, but to help you understand the journey that could be yours ahead.
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