As a youth basketball coach, I’m always talking to sports moms. So I recently asked a group of 250 sports moms: “What’s the best advice you can give to another sports mom?”
I found a lot of similar answers, and have compiled them into this list:
1. Find a team that develops your child, not one that just wins
At the end of the day, your child’s long term development must be the priority, and not a short term win. And the most important factor to this will be the coach. So finding a coach that cares about your child’s development should be the priority.
2. All those trophies end up in a box or closet when they move out.
They truly mean nothing to a college guy or an adult. But one thing you can do with those trophies and memories, is to purchase a personalized trophy stand.
3. If your kid isn’t having fun, move them to a rec team.
Sports are supposed to be fun. I’ve met a lot of kids that were resenting their parents for pushing them to play in a competitive team when they would have rather played for a rec team.
4. Don’t stress too much.
Don’t tell them all the mistakes they made during the game. Imagine you had a boss that followed you home telling you your mistakes? When they come back home, that should be a place where they can relax and feel love and support from their parents. Also, they already know if they screwed up, and their coach reminded them too, so there’s no need for you to do it.
5. Saying “I love to watch you play” has a magical effect.
I’ve heard this from multiple sports moms. They see their kids' energy bump up and their mood get better every time they say it. Don’t forget to say this to your athletes!
There you have it, hope you find these tips useful!