One of the most important questions a parent should ask themselves before the start of a new season is this: “Is my child looking forward to playing youth football?”
Only a parent or guardian can truly gauge their child’s emotions toward playing, and the answer to this question can set the tone on whether or not your child will start out with a winning attitude.
While the start of a new season can be hectic, stressful, and very physical, it is very important that a child knows beforehand what to expect. And, yes, coaches know that this time of year can be hectic and stressful for the parents as well.
With that said, good coaches know how to add some fun into the beginning activities of the pre-season. But we coaches also know that these activities are meant to be tough, strenuous, and full of challenges. It usually during these activities that you will find, which kids are in it for the long run to a Championship.
It is during these pre-season activities that having a great attitude and positive reinforcement, will pay off and encourage your child to continue learning and moving forward. All lessons that can be utilized in everyday life as well.
Also, during the beginning of a new football season, a child’s attitude plays a big part in his football skills development, as well as setting a good tone for team camaraderie.
Not only will these kids be teammates, they will become family. And a great attitude will only help them become better and stronger through the sweat, aches, pains, and sometimes tears that they will share together during productive practices and a winning season.
So make sure to sit and talk to your child, not only of the fun they will have, but also the hard work and dedication that it will take just to get through the pre-season activities, as well as the commitment needed to see the season through.
If you prepare your child, and arm them with a positive attitude and the knowledge of what to expect, winning will be the icing on the cake when it comes time for game day.