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We understand the key role you play in your child's development and will share how to be an effective leader.

 

Our philosophy; Engagement!

"Movement is how kids learn and develop. Movement is more than exercise, more than sports, more than fitness. Movement helps kids learn sports skills, yes, but movement also helps kids increase self-awareness, non-verbal communication, and social and emotional growth. Active kids learn better, improve memory, and pay attention better. 

 - Rick Howard NSCA 

Introducing Kids to Sport

 

What do kids say is most important to them in a sport experience?

  1.  Fun

  2.  Friends

  3.  Fair Play

  4.  Friendly competition 

  5.  Finishing the Season Better than I started

How do I determine what sport(s) to enrol my kid in?

  1. No right answer, let them try as many as possible

  2. Pick a sport that may suit their personality

  3. Try both individual and team sports

  4. Sports that provide a quality sports experience

  5. Sports that provide opportunities for participation and performance

Why should I enrol my kid in more than 1 sport?

  1. Gives them a better chance of finding the ones they truly love

  2. Exposes your kid to a number of different environments

  3. Helps prevent overuse injuries later on

  4. Stops your child becoming bored and suffering burnout

  5. Allows them to develop more skills that transfer from sport to sport

 

Long-Term Athlete Development

Long-Term Athlete Development:

The idea of Long Term Athlete Development and the American Development Model are frameworks or roadmaps for age & stage appropriate steps towards quality movement in sport and life.

 

When parents and coaches try to force too much too soon in an attempt to get you to the top level in a specific sport, we risk ruining your experience through burnout, injury or removing the fun from your journey. 

What does athlete development mean and how do we quantify it?

  • Competence - physical abilities such as speed, strength, endurance, etc.

  • Competence - technical/tactical abilities such as dribbling, stickhandling, etc. 

  • Character - mental/psychological ability such as respect the game, teammates, opponents, etc.

  • Confidence - mental/psychological ability such resilience, grit, mental toughness, etc.

  • Connection - social/emotional ability such as having fun, relationships with team mates, etc.

The Pillars of Athlete Development:

Why Sports Participation has Declined

 

Learn about why the lack of free play leads to a decline in sports participation.

Lack of free play

Specializing in one sport early in childhood does not allow youth to explore various sports to find the one they like best and gain transferable skills from one sport to another.

Early sport specialization

Physical education in schools needs to change and we all need to work together to make changes.

Marginalization of Physical Education 

See the impact technology has on sports participation and increased levels of anxiety, depression, and struggles with self-development.

Technology

Participation in sports has declined due to a decreased competence of fundamental movement skills.

Decreased skill competence

The ability to afford enrolling kids in programs adds up and is not cheap. 

Cost

Working with Coaches

 

5 things I should look for / expect in a quality coach? 

  1.  A coach who displays a caring personality towards your child. 

  2.  A coach who is consistent and reliable.

  3.  A coach who engages with you and your child

  4.  A coach who is approachable and willing to answer questions 

  5.  A coach who is a great role model and inspires

5 things I should ask the coach at the beginning of the season? 

  1.  What are your goals for the season?

  2.  What is your policy on game time?

  3.  What is your communication policy for logistics and if we have a problem?

  4.  How can I help you as a parent during the course of the season?

  5.  What is your policy on selection?

Be a Quality Sport Parent

 

5 tips in addressing issues with the coach:

  1.  Have a conversation at least 48 hours after the issue

  2.  Be clear about what you want answers to?

  3.  Do not bring into the conversation other players and other parents 

  4.  Try not to be confrontational

  5. Listen to both sides of the discussion before proceeding further

5 things I should look for / expect in a quality club / association:

  1.  One that focuses on development as much as results

  2.  A club with a seal of approval(accredited, safeguarding etc)

  3.  Key roles fulfilled including a sound management structure

  4.  Safe facilities and equipment

  5.  Appropriately qualified coaches

5 things  to be aware of to be a quality sport parent:

  1.  Be a parent and not a coach

  2.  Be a positive role model - your child will be watching you

  3.  Keep things in perspective

  4.  Do not allow your child to specialise in one sport too early

  5.  Avoid comparisons with other children

6 things to set your kid up for a quality sport season

  1.  Understand why they are playing 

  2.  Know which part of the experience they enjoy the most

  3.  Know which part of the experience they enjoy the most

  4.  Ask them how they would like you to be involved and support including on match day.

  5.  Ensure you have picked the correct club and coach for them.

  6.  Ensure that you have organised your child with the correct equipment.

Best way to manage tryout / placement process: 

  1. Focus on process expectations rather than performance outcomes

  2.  Keep your routine as normal as possible

  3. Don’t increase the number of sessions close to the event

  4. Try to avoid researching opponents and competition. Help focus your child on what they can control 

  5. Be mindful of your body language - even if you are nervous, do your best to hide it from your child 

What should my expectations be around age & stage appropriate playing time?

 This is a pre-season / pre enrolment conversation with the coach and organization.

 

The question; what is your fair play policy?

Game Day Tips

 

12 word sport vocabulary:

  • Leaving the car = Have fun

  • Returning from play = I just love to watch you play 

  • Weekends & downtime = Just go play.

5 tips for the car ride home:

  1. Try to keep your behaviour as consistent as possible

  2. Do not use it as a time to debrief, emotions can be running high

  3. If you must ask questions, ask those that allow your child to reflect 

  4. Have a set routine each week, who chooses the music?

  5. Silence and poor body language is as bad as ranting about the game

6 tips on being the best game day parent:

  1. Be positive and encourage

  2. Support all players on your team and the opposition if they do something well

  3. Do not yell tactical instructions, it only leads to confusion

  4. Have a set plan about your pre match routine agreed with your child?

  5. Have a set plan about how you deal with the aftermath of a game?

  6. Be consistent and positive with your messages and body language, win, lose or draw

Safe Sports

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