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Jack Perconte

Turning the Tables - Kid's Coaching Parents

Youth Sports -  A Kid’s Perspective

 

Many kids stop playing a sport at young ages because they are who they are and not what others want them to be.

 

Journal entries from a young athlete

 

Day 1 - Dad gets so upset with me during and after my basketball games. He cannot believe I am not better. He keeps telling me how easy it was for him and that he used to be an all-star every year. I think I am doing my best, but I know I can work harder and will start practicing tomorrow or soon.

 

Day 2 - Things have gotten a little better of late, though.  I asked him if he wanted to play video games with me, and he did. It was so much fun just hanging with Dad, and he did not seem to be mad when I beat him. Though that changed after when I  said, “I cannot believe you are not better at this.” He seemed taken aback a little by this, and It would have been ok, but then I followed it up with, “When I was younger, I used to practice and play this video game all the time, and now it comes easy to me.”

 

Tips for adults – Encourage effort but with the understanding that some kids will have the passions and skills you had, but many others will have their own. Do not insist they commit to yours and parent your kid, not the one you wish you had.