Skill Building: 5 Ways to Promote a Happy Team-Sports Activity

Building: 5 Ways to Promote a Happy Team-Sports Activity

Building: 5 Ways to Promote a Happy Team-Sports Activity

  1. Make a Game Plan. Talk with your child about what to expect: The length of the season and frequency of practice, for instance. Explain that being part of a team is a commitment, and the team will rely on him/her to be there every time. As encouragement, make a chart or checklist where your child can check off a box or get a sticker for each practice!
  2. Pick your Team. Before signing your child up for a sports team, talk to the coach and other parents to get a feel for the mood of the group. Does the league focus more on winning or learning? Competition or fun? Make sure the team is a good fit for your child’s age and personality.
  3. Get the Gear! When stocking up on required gear, give your child some choice. If buying new shoes, for instance, let the child decide between two options you’re happy with. If your child is getting hand-me-downs, consider letting him/her pick out new laces or adding other decorations to make them feel special. (This can work partway through the season, too!)
  4. Know the Game. Learn the basic rules of your child’s sport so you can answer any questions that come up, or find a child-friendly reference book or website that you can look at together when you don’t have the answer. (Just remember to keep it light—pull out the sports trivia only if your child says he/she wants to learn more!)
  5. Be a Cheerleader! Show and tell your kids that you’re proud of the commitment and effort they’re making. Praise their successes. Point out new talents that are emerging, and ask them to teach you some of the skills they’re learning. And, of course, shout your encouragement from the sidelines!

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