*This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/POWERADE. All thoughts belong to me.*
My oldest son was never interested in sports. We had him in a soccer clinic when he was just a few years old and he hated it. He never asked to join any sports and seemed content to sit on the sidelines while his younger brother played. Then one day he showed an interest in learning how to play lacrosse. A young athlete was born that day and he has been playing ever since he picked up a stick. While he wasn’t/isn’t the best player, he learned so much from being a part of a team. When you have young athletes in the family is takes a lot of commitment from parents to get them to and from their sports practices and games. You invest your time and you invest your money. My non-sports parent friends are always questioning my time commitment to these activities. Even on days when I just want to surrender I remember how empowering it has been for my boys.
How to empower young athletes:
- From the beginning let them know that every player is a valuable part of the team. ( My boys have been bench warmers for many sports. They keep their heads up and still enjoy the game because they are part of a team and know it’s not about any one player, but the team as a whole.)
- Make sure your young athletes know that you love them not because of their performance, but because they tried their best. (Remember it’s not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.)
- Learn the game. It’s hard to empower young athletes when you can’t talk about the game with them. (Even better: Learn about it together! Watch a YouTube video, go see a real game or even read a book it.)
- Remind them that every practice, every game, isn’t going to be the same. You are always going to have bad and good days. Don’t let the bad ones define you.
- Don’t bad talk other players or coaches in front of your athlete. These people are part of their team. No one is perfect. We all make mistakes.
The POWERADE “Just a Kid” Campaign:
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*Offer is good until April 4, 2016 or while supplies last*
How do you empower your athletes?