Dealing with Adversity begins with these
Nowhere is parenting more vital than helping athletes battle through the inevitable tough times. Dealing with adversity is what makes the difference for a long, rather than short, playing career. With the help of the players’ coaches, parents can help players learn to breathe, visualize, gain an optimistic outlook and remain on an even keel for the good and bad times. Having the resiliency to get back up after failure is the mark of a gritty athlete and one who has positive support behind them. Without the strong support of parents and coaches, most players quit because they never learned to deal with failure. I see it often, players lose interest and confidence because of overdemanding coaches and parents. Why adults expect kids to be able to deal with failure without teaching them how is one of the biggest problems in youth sports. Educating the adults is crucial for helping athletes become better on and off the playing fields.
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Following are some great parent tips to try for helping your child when they are dealing with adversity. Feel free to print these tips for your player parents to help their kids in their sports careers.
Jack Perconte has dedicated his post-major league baseball career to helping youth. He has taught baseball and softball for the past 27 years. His playing, coaching and parenting stories create better experiences for athletes and parents. Jack has written over a thousand articles on coaching baseball and youth sports. Jack is the author of “The Making of a Hitter” now $5 and “Raising an Athlete.” His third book “Creating a Season to Remember” is now available. Jack is a featured writer for Baseball the Magazine. You can also find Jack Perconte on YouTube with over 120 fun and innovative baseball instructional videos.