2013 Football Season
10 Commandments to being a good football parent
1. THOU SHALT BE POSITIVE
Your child is accomplishing something by just stepping on the field and being part of the team. Always look for the bright spots and stay encouraging. Your son or daughter may not be the best on the field, but he or she is making friends and learning valuable life lessons - and it's easy to encourage that.
2. THOU SHALT RESPECT THE COACH
Children will follow the lead of their parents. You want your child to respect their coaches, teachers and elders? Start by being a great example and respecting their coach. Don't yell at the coach from the stands or question them before and after games. If you have a concern about the coaching, bring it to them in private - away from your child. Coaches are doing their best - and if you think you can do better, grab a whistle!
3. THOU SHALT LET CHILD BE HIMSELF
No matter how good (or bad) you were as a football player, or how good their brother or sister was, don't compare your child to other family members. Let your child be the player they want to be on the football field. Encourage them to be their best but don't get caught up in measuring their abilities against others - every child is different.
4. THOU SHALT RESPECT THE GAME
This goes beyond respecting the coach. Respect the rules of the game, the officials on the field and the opponents on the other team. This will teach your child to do the same. Good sportsmanship is important at every level of football, and leading by example is the best thing you can do.
5. THOU SHALT PUT SCHOOL FIRST
Football is a great game, but school is even more important. Help your child understand how to keep their priorities in order. If your child isn't making the grades in classroom, they will need to make more time to study - and less for football.
6. THOU SHALT NOT MAKE EXCUSES
Football is game of discipline, teamwork and effort. If your child is struggling to get on the field, they are probably lacking in one of those areas. Don't make excuses for your child - this will only encourage them to blame others. Encourage them to work harder, try their best and cheer on their team mates.
7. THOU SHALT NOT BE A KNOW-IT-ALL
As parents, we can deflate our child quickly after a game by saying "you should have done this," or "you should have done that." Avoid having all the answers all the time. Let your child examine their own game or leave it to the coaches. There are times when parents can offer helpful advice but avoid being a know-it-all. What your child needs is a fan.
8. THOU SHALT CHEER YOUR BRAINS OUT
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Cheer like crazy. Win or lose, good play or bad play, and even when the opponents do something great (especially at the pre-high school level). Kids are out there to have fun, make friends and learn something about playing on a team. You should cheer for that no matter what!
9. THOU SHALT BE THERE
Our kids grow up too fast. I know that work and our busy schedules can get in the way, but we need to do everything possible to be at every game our child plays in. If you can't make it, send another representative from the family (mom, dad, brother, sister, grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle, etc.) and be sure to make a big deal about hearing EVERY detail when you get home.
10. THOU SHALT HAVE FUN
Remember - this is football. You're on this website because you love the game. Your child is playing football because they love it too. Have fun playing, cheering, encouraging and talking about the game. Let's face it, our kids grow up too fast, and we should relish every moment of youth football we can - it'll be over too soon!
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