Playing 2nd String is Not Always Fun! 3 Guidelines to Help Your Child January 13, 2015 by Janis Playing 2nd string or “backup” is not always a fun place for your child to be. In this 5 minute video I give three guidelines to use as you talk with your child about his role. Despite the ups and downs of teen sports angst, your child can still have a successful youth sports career. I’ve parented three kids through it, and stood by as my husband coached 28 years of teen sports. I’m convinced these 22 Tips will help make the journey easier for you!