The support young athletes get from their parents is often just as influential as that which they receive from their coaches. Wayne explores how athletes can best work with coaches and parents to create an environment that helps them to realise their potential.
The sporting parent has some incredibly important responsibilities within the “performance partnership” – i.e. coach, athlete, parent. A sporting parent, for example, is responsible for developing values like honesty, integrity, humility, courage, discipline, a sporting parent can help a child develop time management and a sporting parent can teach an athlete to be more responsible for their own behaviour. This feature article discuss sporting parents and talks about how sporting parents can help their child realise their sporting potential.
I am getting so sick of people talking about high performance environments, about following a process, about systems, about structures, about programs, about initiatives, about workshops and about strategies.
The name of the game is Winning – oops – there I said it.
Winning. Winning. Winning. There, I said it again.
That felt great. I’ll say it some more. Winning. Winning. Winning. Winning.
That felt so good I’ll do it again. Winning!! Winning!!!! Winning!!!!!
The W Word: Winning.
The Player Potential Profile – an integrated, practical approach to Talent Identification and Recruitment in High Performance Sport – Part One
Every now and again, a client will ask me to come up with a new way of doing something to help them achieve their performance goals.
In recent years, a real focus for me has been developing innovative talent identification, recruitment and retention strategies for professional sporting teams.
These next three posts will outline a concept called the Player Potential Profile – an integrated, practical approach to Talent Identification and Recruitment in High Performance Sport.
As the new decade starts, it is time to face the realities of the sports experience around the world.
The last decade, saw the most significant changes in society, in learning, in education, in technology and in social change that the world has experienced.
And, in general, sport has not kept pace with the extent or speed of the changes.
New Sport: Old Sport. The Decade of Client Focused Sport is Here.
Hello Tennis Parents.
Put your hand up if you answer “YES” to two or more questions in the Tennis Parents Ten Question Quiz:
- Do you believe your child will be a successful, well paid professional tennis player?
- Do you tell other parents that your child is “a high achiever”?
- Do you talk about tennis at least once a day with your child over meals or away from the court?
- Are you prepared to sacrifice your child’s education so they have a great chance of becoming a professional player?
- Do you regularly ask the coach to work your child harder or to change something about their game?
- Do you get emotionally involved in your child’s successes and failures on the training court?
- Do you allow your child to show a bad attitude, poor sportsmanship and / or a poor temperament (e.g. racket abuse)?
- Have you ever argued or fought with parents of other kids about the results of a game?
- Do you refer to your child as “my son or my daughter the tennis player”?
- Have you spent more than $500.00 on a single tennis racket for your child?
Well, here’s the bad news. If you answered “YES” to two or more of the above, the chances of your child becoming a successful professional tennis player are…………………NIL or very close to it.
So you believe your child will be the next big thing in the Big Leagues? So you think it is inevitable that your son will win an Olympic Gold Medal one day?
So you are a 100% certain that your little girl will be the next world record holder? Gold Medal kids need Gold Medal parents. Little Leaguers who aspire to the Big Leagues need Big League Parenting. Are you up to the challenge?
So much of the world’s high performance sports dollars (or Yens or Yuans or Euros or Pounds or Pesos or Rands depending on where you come from), time, energy, focus and attention is spent on three things:
- Talent identification;
- Talent recruitment;
- Talent development.
Or if you like, find them, sign them, refine them.
And most of the world has still got it wrong. There is a better way.
Have a good look at these three guys…these are your clients…these guys and their families will determine whether you, your Club and your sport will survive in the next 20 years.
Do you know who they are?
Do you know what they want from sport?
Have you bothered to ask them?
Sport is an opportunity for kids to learn skills for life – it should be enjoyed. There are sporting kids. There are sporting coaches. But the critical people in the sporting equation are sporting parents. Sporting parents – i.e. parents of children who play sport are a critically important part of the sports experience. A
Owing to the huge number of requests I get for posts, articles and ideas from Sporting Parents, I have started a new Twitter Account called…Yes – you guessed it….Sporting Parents. I will be adding a Sporting Parents Tip every day and will use Tweets to educate, inform and help parents of kids who play sport.