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How to Avoid Comparison Trap for Sports Parents

By Patrick Cohn, The Ultimate Sports Parent, 11/22/19, 8:30AM CST


You as a parent need to be mindful of not comparing your athletes to other, more skill athletes. Your athletes may think they are not good enough when you do this.

When we surveyed parents, we found that 23% said that kids judge how their teammates are performing instead of focusing on their own play.

Focusing on others’ play will distract your young athletes from their own game, and can become a major confidence killer.

In the survey, parents said that kids compare themselves when they have friends who are more gifted as athletes, when other athletes of the same ability perform better than them, when opposing players are bigger or more athletic than they are–and more.