3 Keys To Future Success In Youth

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There are countless numbers of folks in youth sports/activities that are ready to provide your child wFlyer #2ith the opportunity to make it big, to earn a scholarship.  They come in the form of teams, trainers, camps and ranking systems.  It has become increasingly more difficult for parents to distinguish between legit opportunities and distractions.   There is a simple evaluation parents can do to really determine if the activity is  helpful, healthy and will truly lead to long-term success.  All you have to do is honestly ask yourself these three questions 1) how much of the activity is actual skill building? 2)  How is the participation affecting the kids confidence? 3) Are the kids really having fun in the process?

Is it really about the kids?
As parents and coaches we must be mindful not to push our young players too hard in a direction at the first sign of interest and talent.  Doing this will turn the activity into a job that the child is doing to please the adult, instead of doing the activity because they like it.

Are skills being developed?
Too often we mistake wins and losses for skill building and progress.  In youth sports, wins and losses are usually determined by physical maturity and aggressiveness. The answer to this question should go beyond just developing skills to be successful in a tournament or competition, but  developing skills for future participation and for life.  Do you have a matrix of skills that your athlete is working to attain?  Are there values that  you’re hoping your child gets from participation? Values like work ethic, teamwork, humility, and  resilience. Are these values truly being instilledIsaiah Watts

How is participation affecting  your child’s confidence?
Participation in sports should provide the right balance of success, failures, challenges and rewards.  The right program should establish a growth mindset in youth, and the confidence to make
mistakes and grow from them. The key thing here is to understand the difference between confidence, over confidence and arrogance.

Fun
We all know that any activity that involves competition and development is not going to be all fun and games, but it is very important to routinely check in with your children and make sure they are enjoying the process and help them keep struggles and perspectives in prospective.

Effort, Enthusiasm and Repetition are the most important factors for future success.As parents and coaches we must be mindful not to push our young players to hard in one direction at the first sign of interest and talent.  This will turn the activity in to a job that the child is doing to please the adult instead the activity the do because they like it.

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