Here's a link to an article I wrote for TribLocal.com about parenting young athletes. The three coaches I interviewed - Pete Caragher of the Flying Fish Swim Team, Rob Etheridge of Euro Soccer Club, and Michelle Casati, tennis pro and former #18 singles player - give some great advice.
We want our kids to do well in sports, but sometimes we aren't aware how our own behavior affects them. Basically, we parents need to -
1. Pay attention to the process of learning a sport, not just the results.
2. Let the sport belong to the child.
3. Encourage our kids, not coach or critique them.
To read the full article, click here.