Helicopter Parents

Are you a Helicopter Parent
posted by NCSA

Do not call out your son or daughter’s coach about a play called or decision made during the game.

Not ever. Remember, coaches will have what’s best for the team on their mind. If it seems like that might not be the case, take time to think through your reaction, and what makes you question their motivation. At the very least, you’ll give yourself a chance not to react emotionally — and it’ll allow the coach to continue to focus on the team and competition at hand.

Really, anything other than positive cheering is not permitted at a game.

*No negative words or gestures from the sidelines.
*Do not talk about other players, parents, or the coach in any breath other than the upmost compliment.
*Under no circumstances should you taunt the refs, the other team, or parents from the other team; if someone tries to engage with you, ignore them.

Leave the coaching to the coach, especially at home.

Your child loves you. They love playing sports. They love when you support them in their sport, and it’s important to support their coach, too.

Unless your son or daughter approaches you with a question or in need of advice or critique, don’t approach them unless it’s positive, like by saying “I love to watch you play.”

Remove “we” from your sports or recruiting vocabulary when talking about your son or daughter.

“We” aren’t going to college. “We” don’t have 3.2 GPA. “We” didn’t narrow our choices down to five schools.

Your child needs your support through the recruiting process. “It takes a village,” after all. But when it comes down to it, it’s your student-athlete who is going to college, and will need to be responsible for earning that GPA, or passing the SAT/ACT with a certain score, or working hard enough in their sport to compete at the next level.

Whether it’s choosing to stay in state or skip the old man’s alma mater, make sure your student-athlete knows they have your help and support as they work toward becoming the best version of themselves they can be.

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