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The Parent’s Role as a Teammate

By Team USA Softball, 11/28/18, 12:00PM CST

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Before enrolling your child in a sport program, ask yourself if you are ready to take a step back and embrace a more hands-off role as a “sideline teammate” to your child.

Signing up your young athlete for a team means they will soon become a teammate to others. As a parent, you will likely have many conversations with your child about cooperation, commitment, reliability, and the many other characteristics of a good teammate.

But have you thought about the new role that you’ll take on as a teammate to your own child?

Characteristics of A Good Parent-Teammate

Athlete’s jobs are clear. They are there to work hard, have fun, learn and grow. The coach’s job is also straightforward. He or she is the leader, organizer and teacher. It’s their role to develop the athletes and design a safe and effective plan for the season.