Positive Sports Parenting

Positive Sport Parenting Course from the NFHS

(Parents can take this free course and receive a one-time free PHS sports pass if taken yearly and the certificate is taken to the PHS Bookstore)

As professionals at the interscholastic level, we put the student first and the athlete second so that athletic experience becomes a vehicle to promote learning.

It is important to remember that interscholastic athletics are extracurricular activities that support the educational objectives of the school.

The mission and goal of interscholastic athletics for student athlete participants are:

      • Long term development
      • Mastering new sport skills
      • Enjoying competition with others
      • Experiencing enhanced self-esteem
      • Learning life lessons
      • Having fun
      • Being a team player
      • Showing good sportsmanship

Parents perspective change when there desired payoffs for their child participating in sports are:

      • Scholarships
      • Media Recognitions
      • Rewards
      • Scouting
      • Making it to the Pros

Correct perspective:

      • Having fun
      • Learning sport skill
      • Learning life skills
      • Being a good sport

All athletes have control over these aspects of their sport and they need to be reminded by their parents that they will fail sometimes and it is okay and you still love the all the same.

National results for reasons why students participate in sports

National Rank

      1. To have fun
      2. To improve skills
      3. To stay in shape
      4. To do something they’re good at
      5. For the excitement of competition
      6. To get exercise
      7. To play as part of a team
      8. For the challenge of competition
      9. To learn new skills
      10. To win

From <https://nfhslearn.com/self_courses/8244332/positive_sport_parenting>


Role of Parent:

According to most parents, coaches, and athletes the parent’s role is one of support and, encouragement, and being an interpreter and model.

You may not realize it, but you often take on a role as an interpreter. We need you to help us learn to interpret sport as a way to learn life skills and lessons. The way you respond to wins and losses, great and poor performances shows how you view the sport experience

      • Talk with your child about their goals for this season.
      • Line your goals up with theirs. Remember, these goals should be focused on how you can support the interscholastic athletic experience of your child and all participants.
      • Create a plan to achieve those goals. If your child wants to get better, encourage him or her to practice more and consider taking outside lessons. If your child just wants to play for fun, then support him or her at games.
      • Talk with your child to see if you are unintentionally pressuring them or are doing anything that bothers them and ask ways you could improve.
      • Enhance your awareness of your actions by looking at others’ reactions to you and your behavior during games.


From <https://nfhslearn.com/self_courses/8244332/positive_sport_parenting>