Parent’s Role In Youth Sports: 4 Steps To Take After An Evaluation
While the role of a young athlete is to get chosen for their desired sports team or position, a parent’s role in youth sports is to help their child get the performance feedback they need throughout the season to become a stronger player.
After a sports evaluation, your child might be asking, “How could I have improved my defensive skills for better coverage of the ball?” or “How should I have positioned my hips and feet for a more powerful overhead pass?” While you may not have the golden answers to these questions right away, we discuss how you can get involved after your child’s sports evaluation.
Parent’s Role in Youth Sports: What Steps to Take After an Evaluation?
1. Ask open-ended questions to coaches
Ask detailed questions and gain as much insight into what factors led to your child being placed on a specific team or being assigned to a specific position. Parent-coach Q&A sessions don’t have to be limited to these two parties. Encourage your child to also attend the parent-coach session so they can gain an in-depth understanding of what they need to work on and ask any questions they might have themselves.
Some questions for parents to ask coaches might include:
- What skills did my child score below average on? And why?
- What specific drills can my child work on to improve these skills?
- How can my child better their technique on ___ skill?
2. Promote a positive mindset in your young athlete
Although your child might not have made their desired position on the team, this doesn’t mean that their tenacity or attitude needs to be lacking. Recognize that your child will need to take some time to process their feelings of disappointment; however, create an environment for them to quickly bounce back.
Remind them of the drills they need to work on, routinely review technique tips that their coach shared, and embody a cheerful spirit when dropping them off & picking them up from each practice: all signs of a great role model!
3. Regularly ask coaches for feedback
After a sports evaluation, you will likely have a laundry list of questions to ask your child’s coach. Once you get the answers you are looking for, don’t stop the conversation there.
Regularly check in with your child’s coach throughout the season (we recommend having at least three check-ins throughout the year) asking them for feedback on how your child is progressing. For example, if your child didn’t make their desired position on a basketball team, you can ask their coach how their dribbling, passing, and shooting skills are developing and what they can work on to improve.
4. Request an updated evaluation method
As many coaches are still using an archaic pen-and-paper evaluation method, evaluation data has a better chance of being lost or misused. Therefore, when it comes time for you to ask for questions or feedback, coaches will have a difficult time gathering that data and relaying that information to you.
SkillShark is the first affordable tool of its kind that allows player data to be entered by coaches for any sport directly into the app. Once player data is uploaded, individual athlete reports are instantly generated and made available for coaches to share. Parents and players are no longer kept in the dark, and the overall athlete experience is enhanced!
A good sports parent can provide emotional support and encourage skill development by being involved in youth sports. Through attending games, promoting a positive attitude, and guiding youth athletes to skills development resources, parents can aid their children in becoming well-rounded athletes.
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