Sports Parent’s Rules for Athletes

Nowadays, nothing having to do with youth sports is easy as it was many years ago. Believe it or not, there was a time when parents would send their kids off to practices and games without it being a big deal. At least, that is how I remember it when I grew up. Today, drama seems to surround the youth sports scene. I guess it is understandable with the big business that youth sports now entail. Money seems to change things and usually not for the better.

Parents have to step up and help their kids learn right from wrong in this environment. If they do not, there is a good chance kids will not learn the valuable life lessons that youth sports can provide. Following are some youth sport’s parents rules that parents should have so kids develop the character traits that will serve them best long after their playing careers end.

Sports Parent’s Rules

  1. Do not allow your child to “show up” another player on the field or talk negatively of one off the field. Making any gesture after a teammate makes an error is unacceptable player behavior as is saying a teammate stinks. Explain what “team” means.
  2. Do not placate your child with false praise like, “You played great” when they didn’t, when they didn’t practice much beforehand, or when they played disinterested. Explain the relationship between working hard and results.
  3. Do not allow your child to talk back to the umpire or their coach. Make sure they address all adults appropriately by using Mr., Mrs., or Coach before speaking to them. Explain what showing respect is all about.
  4. Have a no pouting rule. This one may take time and patience to see through. Explain that pouting makes the games about individuals and not team and that it drags the team down.
  5. Do not allow players to miss practice simply because they do not want to go or allow them to say they want to quit playing midseason. Explain what commitment is all about.
  6. Do not allow your child to blame others or make excuses for their poor play, or fail to hustle on the field. Explain what accountability and respect for the game are. Here is your printable guide:

Jack Perconte has dedicated his post-major league baseball career to helping youth. 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.


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