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:
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.
Is it ok to "coach" your child, when you are not one?
If you are the coach of your child's sport, here are some tips for managing this dual role.
Is there such a thing as a "good push"?
Your young athlete changes over time, and so should you.
Rules for effective communication with your young athlete
Be prepared to talk about disappointments with your child
What do you do when your child's emotions are overwhelming them and you?
What you need to know if your child is athletically gifted
How to handle your child becoming injured and benched
Things to consider when your child reveals they want to quit
Why is it so hard to manage emotions in sport?
Tools to manage your feelings of frustration and anger
Tools to manage your feelings of anxiety and stress
Closing comments and summary
A handout to track your sport parenting roadmap
Here is something for the young athlete in your life: a free booklet with tips for terrific tryouts
Where do you go from here?
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.