This post is sponsored by TeamSnap, a company that does its very best to make back to school sports as easy as possible by providing the best tools to help teams and parents run their organizations smoothly.
There’s a lot of things to remember to do as your child heads back to school sports: Buy uniforms, get a physical, clean out the duffle bag, attend the parent meeting–those are all important, but I’d like to suggest you and your child look over another very important checklist: your back-to-school-sports check list. These are things that you don’t pack in your sports bag; they are mostly things you bring in your heart and mind, and they will be the difference between a positive season and a miserable season.
Take a few minutes to read over this 15-point checklist with your child and talk to her about things that really matter.
Remember to be proud of who you are and what you’ve already accomplished. There’s more of it to come!
Tell yourself it’s okay to be different. It’s okay to be YOU.
Be nice to the new teammate.
Thank your coach for being your coach.
Make new friends on the team; don’t be limited by cliques.
Remember that it’s okay to make mistakes. Sports is about learning from them and getting better because of them.
Smile more. It just might cheer someone up.
Remember to play because you love the game, not because someone else wants you to play.
Always bring your own water bottle…and don’t drink out of anyone else’s!
Thank your officials. They are doing their best.
Respect your opponents. They’ve worked hard too.
Learn as much as you can from your coaches and teammates.
Bring HEALTHY snacks to eat before practice.
Unless you are playing an individual sport, remember that it’s about the TEAM, not about you.
And lastly, always remember to bring your sense of humor. Because taking yourself too seriously takes much of the fun out of your game.
TeamSnap and I wish you a great fall sports season!
This post is sponsored by TeamSnap, who wants to help you focus on making your child’s youth sports experience a positive one. Their online team management makes your sports parenting job a lot easier!