Being critical seems to be a sports parenting pastime. And this is partly understandable because it’s easy to find things to criticize when your child is playing sports.
The coach doesn’t communicate enough.
The snack bar is unorganized.
The time-keeper keeps messing up.
The ump continually makes bad calls.
The problem is that most critical people don’t realize that they come across that way because they are blind to their negativity.
But I can tell you one thing you can do to fight off being critical. In other words, the more you do this one thing, the chances are very good that you are not nurturing a critical spirit.
Being Critical is For Bench Sitters
The longer you sit on the bench as a sports parent, without serving or volunteering, the more likely it is that you will become critical of others who are doing the work.
It’s so easy to sit in the stands and watch how everyone else is making mistakes. But I guarantee that if you dive in and find a way to help, you will find it much harder to stand back and criticize others who are serving too.
If the coach has poor communication skills, offer to help him contact parents via email or text, or help him get set up with an online organizational tool like TeamSnap.
If the snack bar is chaotic, step in to help and look for ways to make it run smoothly. Again, TeamSnap is a great tool to organize volunteers and schedules.
If the time-keeper keeps messing up, offer to learn how to do the job yourself.
If the official keeps making poor calls, try taking the training and becoming an official yourself. I guarantee you that you will be less likely to yell at an official ever again!
Volunteering to do even a small job can curb your critical spirit. And if there really is an issue that should be confronted, your voice will have a better chance for being heard because your service has earned you some credibility.
Get off the bench, parents, and start helping. If you sit long without serving, you become a critic.
Are You Frustrated with the Politics of Youth Sports?
The issue of politics in youth sports can take all the fun out of the game – if you let it!
I know – my years of sports parenting experience have given me ample opportunity to get sucked into all the games and drama that go on behind the scenes.
I have hope to offer: You CAN navigate these treacherous waters successfully – I can show you how.
If you missed the webinar on February 18:
Navigating the Politics Of Youth Sports
Never fear! You can still grab the recording, and the 14-page report!
It was an hour long broadcast packed full of very insightful information that will help you manage the mess of youth sports politics. My co-host Craig Haworth, a coach, dad, and podcaster, and I talked about ways you can navigate the politics and a glimpse into the way coaches may be thinking. It was good stuff!
Are you Ready to Fight the Politics? Grab your recording and report today!