A parent's code
Last Updated: January 29, 2009 2:39 PM
Cal Botterill The Parental Guide
A series of rules for parents who are involved in the wonderful world of minor sports
- I will remember that my child plays for his or her enjoyment, not mine.
- I will teach my child that doing one's best is more important than winning, so that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game or event.
- I will never ridicule or yell at my child for making a mistake or losing a competition. I will provide positive comments that motivate and encourage continued effort.
- I will make my child feel like a winner every time by offering praise for competing fairly and trying hard.
- I will remember that children learn best by example. I will applaud good play and performances by both my child's team and their opponents.
- I will show respect for my team's opponents, because without them there would be no game or competititon.
- I will respect the officials' decisisons or judgement and will encourage participants to do the same.
- I will respect the volunteer coaches who give their time to provide sport activities for my child and show appreciation for their efforts.
- I will not use bad language, nor will I harass or abuse, verbally of physically, athletes, coaches, officials or other spectators.
- I will not have unrealistic expectations.
- I will remember that child athletes are not miniature professionals and cannot by judged by professonal standards
This was originally written by Cal Botterill and Tom Patrick for Sport Manitoba and Manitoba Hydro.« Who's kidding whom? | The Parental Guide home | Healthy helmet 2: the follow-up »