BE SUPPORTIVE OF COACHES – Be supportive and positive of the coach’s decisions in front of your child. If you have problems with what the coach is doing, it is best to talk directly with the coach.
TEACH RESPECT FOR AUTHORITY – There will be times when you disagree with a coach or official. Always remember that these people are trying their best and are trying to be fair. Show good sportsmanship by being positive.
LET THE COACH DO THE COACHING, BUT YOU CAN DO SOME OF THE TEACHING – When your child is on the field or court, let the coach do the coaching. Shouting out instruction or criticism may hinder the overall experience of the student-athlete. You can teach sportsmanship and how to deal with success or failure. Develop your child’s character and teach the life skills that athletics and activities bring to the forefront.
MODEL GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP AT GAMES - When cheering for your team, only cheer FOR your team. There is NEVER any reason to cheer against or “taunt” the other team. Never question or “boo” an official about a call. Negative comments and gestures of displeasure toward the coach, visiting team or officials only undermine the efforts of all involved. Always treat the visiting school as guests before, during and after the games. Cheer for your team to play hard and play to win but with an attitude of Christian sportsmanship.
HELP YOUR CHILD LEARN THROUGH FAILURE – The way your child handles failure can help him face the disappointment life will undoubtedly throw him at some point in the future. The worst time for you, as a parent, to give advice is immediately after a disappointment. Encourage and support your child, but allow him to cope in his own way.
LISTEN TO YOUR CHILD, BUT STAY RATIONAL – Always support and listen to your child, but remember to stay rational until you have investigated the situation.
BE MINDFUL OF YOUR ROLE AS A ROLE MODEL – Take a good honest look at your attitude, actions and reactions in the athletic arena. These actions are a big cue to your child and to the others around you.
SHOW UNCONDITIONAL LOVE – The most important thing you can do is show your child you love her, win or lose.