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Parents Should Steer Away from Criticizing Other Players

By Peter Schwartz, USA Football, 04/11/19, 10:00PM CDT


One of the greatest things about youth sports is the opportunity kids get to form friendships that could last a lifetime. Not every player on the team goes to the same school, so sports also provide kids with the chance to make friends from different places.

Unfortunately, there are instances where kids don’t get along and these situations can lead to some issues, including youth athletes walking away from a sport they love to play.

Not every child is born with the same athletic ability, but each kid with the desire to play deserves to be respected by their teammates and coaches. On more than one occasion, my wife and I have witnessed a player being made fun of by their own teammate and as a result, that player ended up quitting.

Now where does that come from? Was the player speaking their true feelings about their teammate or was that thought coming from somewhere else?

More than likely, these initial thoughts come from parents and when a child hears and shares them, it’s going to lead to trouble.