Do you feel like the craziness of youth sports has gone too far to recover?
Sports parents tell me all the time about the craziness in youth sports. Coaches, parents, players, and leagues have turned a kid’s game into an adult circus.
When I think of “change” in youth sports, it appears overwhelming, a huge mountain that must be climbed.
But every journey of change begins with one step.
Will You Take The First Step to Stop the Craziness in Youth Sports?
The first step to stopping the craziness is merely this:
Stop what you are doing and ask Why
I know you are busy taking your kids to practices and games and going to meetings and work, but this is important. Take 5, 10, 15 minutes to be alone and as yourself as a mom or dad, “Why do I want my kid to play sports?”
It’s a simple question really. In fact, it’s so simple that many parents will response quickly with answers they really haven’t thought about, like “I want my child to get exercise,” or “I want my kid to have fun.”
Those are not bad answers, but I think they are just reactionary responses and that if you take more time to think about it, you might come up with some different answers.
It’s time to be brutally honest with yourself. Do you see sports as an end in itself? Or as a means to an end?
If you see sports as an end, then your answer to “why” may be “to get a scholarship”, “to succeed where I failed,” or “to succeed as I succeeded.”
If you see sports as a means to an end–that end being that your child grows into a strong, responsible, caring individual–then your answers will probably be quite different.
If you are honest with yourself and do not like your answer to the why question, then it’s time to rethink your reasoning and change your perspective.
I hope you find that the why question is a good reminder to focus on the big picture of youth sports and shift your thinking back to the fact that youth sports is for the fun, growth and development of your child–nothing less, nothing more.
That’s the first step.
Now, where do we go from there?
Did you ask yourself Why?
Perhaps one of your answers was “to help my kids grow and develop”
If that’s the case, you can do that even while letting them be kids!
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