I came across this wonderful article (see below link) a few days ago and thought it would be a good time to post it.
Kate Leavell from US Lacrosse, wrote this this very thoughtful piece which puts things into perspective when talking about youth sports.
I have been coaching for over 35 years and I have seem many things.
Some things make me scratch my head and others make me smile ear to ear. I was having a conversation with one of our parents a few weeks ago and we were
talking about the pressure for kids to play year round sports or if they miss a season their child will fall behind. She said her husband was told if their son missed baseball this spring
he would be way behind his peers. Her response was classic and made me crack up “He is freaking seven for Pete’s sake”.
All to often we feel the need to push our young players into something that they:
- Don’t want
- Don’t get enjoyment out of
While it is important to guide our young people it is also important to make sure they are having fun and developing. We should embrace the fact that they are passionate about something that is bigger than they are.
I highly recommend that you read this article. It may give you a fresh meaning on another aspect of sports that we sometimes miss as parents and coaches.
See ya on the field!