Healthy Youth Sports Tips

5 Tips for Sports Parents:

  1. Comment on great plays and encourage, but don’t coach from the sidelines. One young athlete in our study explained that he doesn’t want be treated like “a remote controlled car” by parents.
  2. It doesn’t matter how much you know about a sport, don’t try to assume the coach’s role when you are not the designated coach. Kids really dislike this.
  3. Clap and cheer, even for particularly good plays of opponents.

Wear Sunscreen

In 1997, a commencement speech given by Kurt Vonnegut, entitled “Wear Sunscreen,” hit the airwaves and motivated people to take inventory of their lives – whether they were 22, 42 or 62.

It started by saying:
     Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’98: Wear sunscreen.