Competition in youth sports does not just come from the opposite team. Sometimes it is against another player on your child’s own team.
Does your child face any of these challenges? Is there a kid who wants your child’s starting spot? Or a player who keeps taking playing time away from your child?
Whenever my child started a new season, I would often look over the roster to see if there was any players that would be competing against my child for a certain position, thus lessening his playing time.
I know, I know. That behavior is a symptom of an unhealthy sports parenting obsession. I am guilty of having done this a few times as my kids grew up playing sports, and quite honestly, I’m not very proud of it.
Competition: “if only…” won’t stretch your child
My kids faced several intra-squad competitions throughout their years of playings sports. I remember thinking, “Gosh, if so-and-so wasn’t on the team, my child would have a much more enjoyable season.”
If so-and-so wasn’t on the team, my child would have their starting spot easily sewed up.
If so-and-so wasn’t on the team, my child wouldn’t have to fight for playing time.
If so-and-so wasn’t on the team, my child would feel much more confident.
Then again, if “so-and-so” wasn’t on the team, my children would probably not have become the quality players that went on to play in college.
But here’s why this competition is really a good thing. Continue Reading.
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