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Roles of Youth Sports Parent Are Varied

Wear Many Hats

The job of a parent of a youth athlete is multi-faceted. Through a child's sports career, chances are a youth sports parent will need to be a:

  • Chauffeur
  • Short Order Cook
  • Launderer
  • Trainer
  • Locker Room Attendant
  • Psychologist
  • Cheerleader
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Politician
  • Talent Scout

You have to pick a sport and a program best suited to your child, set realistic expectations about what her child can achieve through sports, be there for your child in good times and bad times, model good sportsmanship, and use the youth sports experience to teach life skills, lessons and values that will help her grow up into a self-confident, independent, well-adjusted adult while avoiding the trap too many parents fall into of becoming an over-involved, out-of control parent.

No one said it would be easy!