Becoming a Winning Sport Parent

Practical strategies to help you and your child get the most from their sport experience
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  • Lectures 22
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 5/2015 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • Students only need an open mind, and willingness to learn.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

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.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.



Course overview

Section 1: Sport Parent Fundamentals

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


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


Is winning all bad? Can it be good?

Section 2: Defining your role

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

1 page

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"?

1 page

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

Section 3: Talking to your young athlete

Rules for effective communication with your young athlete


Be prepared to talk about disappointments with your child

When not to talk: The NO sport zone
2 pages

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

Section 4: Special issues

What you need to know if your child is athletically gifted


How to handle your child becoming injured and benched

2 pages

Things to consider when your child reveals they want to quit

Section 5: Sharpening your mental skills

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

Section 6: Conclusion: Putting it all together
1 page

Closing comments and summary

Sport Parenting Self Assessment
13 questions
1 page

A handout to track your sport parenting roadmap

13 pages

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

1 page

Where do you go from here?

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Instructor Biography

April Clay, 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.

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