Ten Commandments of
1. Be positive with our athlete. Let them know they are accomplishing something simply by being a part of the team. Do not put them down.
2. Do not offer excuses for them if they are not playing. Encourage them to work and do their best.
3. Do not put coaches down. Remember, the coach represents the “boss”, the “authority”, the “parent”, the “teacher” and the “law”. If you are bad mouthing your athlete’s coaches constantly, how can you expect your child to play for them?
4. Encourage your athlete to follow the rules. Whether they are a first stringer or a seventh stringer, players must follow rules.
5. Insist on good grades. If they do not have passing grades, they do not play.
6. Do not try to live vicariously through your athlete. Do not show animosity or jealousy to any of your athlete’s teammates. This type of envy can rub off on your athlete and devastate the team. Who cares as long as everyone does their job to the fullest?
7. Do not be a know it all. The coaches’ work with the players 10 months a year and they know what each kid can do and what they cannot do. As a fan you are entitled to cheer your head off, but please do not become belligerent and arrogant toward the players or officials. They are amateurs. Coaches know their talent. Respect that knowledge.
8. Insist on your athlete’s respect for team rules, school rules, game officials, and sportsmanship. Do not let them make fools of their family, school, and team by some “uncalled-for” gesture. Self-respect begins with self-control.
9. Encourage your athlete to improve their self-image by believing in themselves. Every person has been created with worth and value. Always remind your athlete of this fact. Do not compare or contrast your athlete with family members who played previously. Every youngster is different.
10. Encourage your athlete to play for the love of the game-not for a scholarship or something that is in the hands of college recruiter. Insist on unselfishness. Usually good things happen to unselfish and hard-working people.
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