Welcome to the Parent Education Corner of LAVA Girls!
Parents, we thank you for putting your faith and trust in our LAVA Girls coaches and administrators. We understand the sacrifices you make for your children to have the opportunity to play club volleyball and we know your utmost desire is to see your child flourish.
Positive parental involvement—that is to say, when parents commit to providing encouragement, constructive comments, and celebrations of even the smallest accomplishments — helps athletes excel beyond even the wildest expectations.
Four Signs of an Ideal Sports Parent . . . Being a successful athlete requires hard work, diligence, and patience. Being successful as the parent of an athlete also requires diligence, discipline, and patience. Here are four signs of an ideal sports parent:
#1 – Cheer, Support, Repeat . . . Cheer for everybody on the team, not just your child. Attend as many games as possible. Be supportive, but let your daughter find her own solutions. Feel not the need to come to her rescue at every challenge or crisis.
#2 – Model Appropriate Behavior . . . With apologies to the old saying, children do as you do, not as you say. When a parent projects poise, control, and confidence, the young athlete is likely to do the same. When a parent chooses not to dwell on a tough loss, the young athlete will be enormously appreciative.
#3 – Communicate Correctly with the Coach . . . Know what is or is not suitable to discuss with the coach. Asking advice on how to help your child improve is 100% appropriate to discuss with a coach. Your child’s behavior, her strengths, and her role are also perfectly acceptable. Playing time in and of itself, team strategy, and other players on the team are off-limit topics, however.
#4 – Listen and Encourage . . . Be a good listener and a great encourager. When your child is ready to talk about a game or has a question about the sport, be all ears and listen. Be positive, be supportive, be helpful, but also encourage the athlete to speak up for herself. The child needs to learn to find answers (aka self-sufficiency).
Parents, you will have an extraordinary impact on your child. Positivity begets positive results. Negativity begets negative results and the discouragement of the players and team. Stay positive!