Updated Tuesday January 31, 2017 by Norco Girls Softball.
10 Commandments for Parents
Make sure your children know that, win, or lose, scared or heroic you love and appreciate their efforts, and are not dissapointed in them.
Try your best to be completely honest about your child's athletic ability ahd skill level.
Be helpful, but dont' coach them on the way to or from the field, leave that to the coaches.
Teach them to enjoy the thrill of competition, to be "out there trying", to be working to improve their skills, and attitudes.
Try not to re-live your athletic life through your children, it can cause a lot of pressure on them.
Don't compete with the coaches.
Don't compare skill, courage or attitudes of your children with other members of the team, at least within their hearing.
Get to know the coach so that you can be assured that his philosophy, attitudes, ethics and knowledge are such that you are happy to have your children under their leadership.
Always remember that children tend to exaggerate, both when praised or critized. Temper your reaction and investigate before 0ver-reacting.
Make a point of understanding courage, and the fact this it is relative. Some of us can climb mountains, and are afraid to fight. Some of us will fight, but them turn to jelly when a Bee appears. Everyone is frightened in certain areas. Explain that courage is not the absence of fear, but a means of doing something in spite of fear or discomfort. The job of the parent of atheletic children is a tough one, and it takes a lot of effort to do it well. It is worth all the effort when your child says "My parents really helped. I was lucky."
Attached below is an article written by Jen Schroader, a former pac-10 catcher. This is a MUST read for all parents!