Youth sports injuries and a sports parenting question
I'm working on a story about youth sports and injuries, centered on how to decide whether to a.) take your kid to the emergency room or b.) tell him or her to "suck it up."
Anyone have any tales to tell? Life experiences? If so, call me at 954-356-4725 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, the Positive Coaching Alliance has a monthly debate, and I like this one:
Several weeks into the season, you are frustrated by your child's lack of playing time. The team is successful on the scoreboard, winning more often than losing, usually by comfortable margins. As far as you can tell, other parents and athletes on the team seem satisfied with the status quo, even ones who also are sitting on the bench. But you wonder if a coach has a responsibility to get players into games even when there are no external rules or requirements to do so.
Your child has not complained about not playing, but you sense diminished enthusiasm since the season's start.
Should you talk with your child about this? If so, what do you say?
Should you approach the coach about this? If so, how would you go about it?
Is your approach affected by whether players had to try out to make this team?
Fire away with your thoughts. I'll come back and re-comment on them in a couple of days.POSTED IN: Sports (29)