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When it comes to supporting young athletes, adults – especially parents – cannot take the viewpoint of “They are just a kid.” The moment when young athletes take on sports is the time when they need love, support, and encouragement the most.
If you were an athlete in your youth, you know all too well the amount of courage that it takes just to ask your parents’ permission to join a team, or to even walk into the tryouts. From there, it is the nail-biting anxiety of waiting to see if you were chosen to be on the team. Then, if you are fortunate enough to be selected, the anxiety shifts to the desire to do your very best, and to not let your team, your parents, and even yourself down.
Participating in athletics at a young age can help develop confidence. However, it can also help develop low self-esteem and feelings of inadequacy if things don’t go as planned. That is where parents come in. Parents are the key to boosting young athletes’ confidence when it is needed most by encouraging them to keep going during those rough moments of the sports season.
I have raised three young athletes so far, and I can tell you that not only were each of them different in their approaches to sports, they were (and still are) extremely grateful to me and dad for standing by them every step of the way. When our oldest daughter wanted to try out for everything that school had to offer, we didn’t stop her or discourage her – we were right there to support her as she discovered her athletic strengths and weaknesses on her own. Our oldest son, however, was the complete opposite: he only desired to play one sport, and stuck with that sport all throughout his school years. Now, our youngest daughter is into athletics, and so far, her desire seems to be a little in-between that of her siblings. No matter the case, we stay true to our role and responsibility of being loving, supportive and encouraging parents through it all, every time.
Whether it is a single sport or several sports year-long, the number one thing that helps young athletes strive to be the very best they can be is the unwavering love and support from the people that they love most – their parents. Parents can be there to help celebrate when they win, and give a comforting hug when they lose. When parents support their young athletes, they give them empowerment that they need to not give up. They give them the motivation to keep going. They help cultivate their potential. And that goes beyond just sitting on the sidelines – it’s the attentiveness and emotional presence of simply being there to support them every day.
Sure, there are plenty of ways that parents can support their young athletes: whether that’s pregame meals, driving the carpool, or making sure the team is hydrated. Even with all of this, nothing says, “I am here for you” more than being available to offer the unconditional physical, mental, and emotional support that every young athlete needs in their lives both on and off the field.
Supporting Young Athletes
POWERADE believes that with the right motivation these everyday athletes can realize their potential and one day be the athletes that they look up to. Sports have a major impact on our communities. Whether it is t-ball or the pros, every athlete in every league has a story waiting to be told.
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The True Treasure in Supporting Young Athletes
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