Becoming a Winning Sport Parent
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Becoming a Winning Sport Parent

Practical strategies to help you and your child get the most from their sport experience
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106 students enrolled
Created by April Clay
Last updated 5/2015
Price: $30
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 8 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Better define your role as a sport parent
  • Become aware of common parental blind spots and how to avoid them
  • Learn to communicate effectively with your young athlete
  • Develop tools for managing strong emotions that are part of sport
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  • Students only need an open mind, and willingness to learn.

Navigating the world of youth sport can be challenging if unprepared. Otherwise great parents can end up making errors that can comprise the many benefits of being involved in sporting activities. This course aims to help you overcome this challenge with information, tools and planning.

Become the best sport parent you can be:

  • Learn how to communicate effectively with your young athlete
  • Discover strategies for managing your own emotions
  • More clearly define your role as a sport parent
  • Learn the elements of a “good push"

Master your sport parenting role by utilizing information and strategies supported by recent research. Gain confidence in guiding your young athlete toward their sporting goals. Sport is an amazing training ground for important life lessons as well as physical skill development. Don't miss out on getting the most, for both of you, from your child's sport involvement.

If you want an overview of common sport parenting issues, with a touch on some special challenges like quitting and injuries- then this course is for you.

Contents and Overview

This course contains 19 lectures of mostly video and some text format. It's designed for anyone who wishes to be more effective in their sport parenting role. It is suitable for parents of small children, teens and young adults. It doesn't matter whether your child is a recreational or elite athlete, by the end of this course you will be able to better navigate the world of youth sport.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is appropriate for parents of young athletes. Whether your child is 5 or 18, an elite or recreational athlete, you will benefit.
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Curriculum For This Course
22 Lectures
1 Lecture 02:49

Course overview

Preview 02:49
Sport Parent Fundamentals
3 Lectures 13:53

Reasons why it's worth your investment to become a better sport parent

Preview 04:38

What do you want to get out of sport for you and your child?

Preview 03:58

Is winning all bad? Can it be good?

What about winning?
Defining your role
4 Lectures 06:42

Is it ok to "coach" your child, when you are not one?

To coach or not to coach

If you are the coach of your child's sport, here are some tips for managing this dual role.

When you are the coach
1 page

Is there such a thing as a "good push"?

Are you a pusher?

Your young athlete changes over time, and so should you.

Develop your young athlete over time
1 page
Talking to your young athlete
4 Lectures 08:44

Rules for effective communication with your young athlete

Communication 101

Be prepared to talk about disappointments with your child

Talking about disappointments

When not to talk: The NO sport zone
2 pages

What do you do when your child's emotions are overwhelming them and you?

How to handle meltdowns
Special issues
3 Lectures 04:38

What you need to know if your child is athletically gifted

Is your child a star?

How to handle your child becoming injured and benched

When your child gets injured

Things to consider when your child reveals they want to quit

When your child wants to quit
2 pages
Sharpening your mental skills
3 Lectures 10:46

Why is it so hard to manage emotions in sport?

Sport and emotions

Tools to manage your feelings of frustration and anger

Anger: Don't let it rule your game

Tools to manage your feelings of anxiety and stress

YOUR pre-game jitters
Conclusion: Putting it all together
4 Lectures 00:00

Closing comments and summary

Are you ready to go out into the field?
1 page

Sport Parenting Self Assessment
13 questions

A handout to track your sport parenting roadmap

Your Sport Parenting Roadmap
1 page

Here is something for the young athlete in your life: a free booklet with tips for terrific tryouts

A free gift for your young athlete
13 pages

Where do you go from here?

What's next?
1 page
About the Instructor
April Clay
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Registered Psychologist

April Clay is a psychologist and former competitive athlete who enjoys helping kids, teens and adults maximize their life quality and meet their goals through her counseling and consulting business based in Calgary, Alberta.

She is passionate about working with people who want to up their game- either in life or athletics. April has authored a number of articles, books and courses in sport psychology.

She enjoys working with a wide variety of sports, and enjoy assisting parents become better sport parents to their young athletes. Her clients include a diverse population of young athletes, weekend warriors and elite athletes.

April is a member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and in addition to her business BodyMindMotion, also works as a service provider for the Canadian Sport Centre Calgary.