There is no doubt that parents are the most influential people for their children. This influence is often enhanced in sports. It can be very difficult to find the balance as a parent to support your child during a game without getting too emotionally (and vocally) invested. It’s even more challenging with our competitive culture in sports at all levels with such a strong desire to win.

Parents want their children to know they are there to support their successes, as well as console when they fall short. But sometimes it is a balance to support without distracting from the game or adding additional pressure. Achieving this balance comes with an understanding that there is a time and place for wanting to win but the ultimate goal is to develop young players as people gaining life lessons along the way. With this at the forefront, it is a much more pleasing and holistic environment to have your child learn and grow in their sport.

Although this is the goal, often times there are extreme parents that don’t see the bigger picture. South Carolina has implemented a rule for all parents to be silent as they watch their kids on the sideline during the month of September. Although this may seem extreme, it shows how significant a parent’s role is in the game. Overacting parents can cause strain on a young player, always worrying about how their parents are perceived or how that is reflected in themselves.

Take a serious and honest evaluation of how your support for your child translates on the sideline and think to the bigger picture to contribute to a positive environment for all.

Resilience Keeps You in the Game After Your Opponent Quits

Life is always going to give you set backs. There isn’t a job or career path that isn’t going to be a deterrent at some point. How you respond and, ultimately, overcome these hurdles define you as a person.

At a young age, athletes learn this skillset and are able to dust themselves off and get back on the field. Translating into the work place, former athletes are able to keep up with changes faster and attack challenges head on. When there is a short coming, athletes are already bounds ahead of coworkers who may not have had those experiences before. Ultimately, resilience is a learned trait that is accelerate through sport.

Take this example from the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team as they came back from a 3-1 deficit in game two of the Tournament of Nations recently. Talk about a desire to never quit!