Keeping the Right Youth Sports Perspective
Most adults and I would dare to say almost all of them get involved in the youth sports scene with nothing but good intentions. Most would think it unfathomable that they would act in an untoward way over such petty things as a sports game involving young kids. From the outside and when it is another person’s son or daughter, it is easy to maintain the right youth sports perspective. However, things change quickly because it is “their” child involved. When unfortunate things occur to their own, behavior often turns into formerly unbelievable, if not regrettable, behavior. Suddenly, when a coach, opposition player or parent does something that seems to embarrass their own, all heck breaks loose and the youth sports perspective goes by the wayside.
As a parent myself, great restraint is sometimes needed at youth sporting events. It is usually just one or two people that ruin it for everyone, but that is enough to totally disrupt a game, team or situation. With the above in mind, parents should work to have coaching training as a requirement for the leagues’ coaches when it is not already. Additionally, they should work to have signs that state the appropriate fan behavior be placed at every youth sports site in their city. People need continual reminders that youth sports are about the kids and that nothing should be done by fans that take the interest away from the games.
Following are some youth sports perspective tips to print, so people get “schooled” and “reminded” of the conduct that brings integrity and perspective to every sporting event.
Jack Perconte has dedicated his post-major league baseball career to helping create the proper youth sports perspective for all. He has taught baseball and softball for the past 28 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” 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.