There are many aspects of team sports for our kids. Not only are they learning and improving skills for the sport, they are also learning to navigate teammates, working as a team, competing, and learning from a coach rather than a parent or teachers. That said, there are ways to foster positive thought and conversation with your athlete to support them in the learning process.
- How do you feel after that game/ practice?
- Who played the best? Why?
- Who was the best teammate out there today?
- What was the best part of practice / game?
- What is your favorite pump up song?
- What skill do you feel the most confident in? Which do you feel the least confident in?
- What are 3 things you’re most proud of from the game? * using numbers is a great way to stimulate thought!
- What was the most challenging part of today’s game / practice?
- How were you a good teammate today?
- What did your coach say was important for the game / practice? Do you agree?
- What are 2 things you could do to improve on your performance today?
- Are you enjoying this sport? Why?
- How do you want me to cheer for you at the game? *getting silly demonstrating how you might cheer can help lighten what could feel like a tough conversation
The most important part of asking these questions is listening to the answer. Being sure to really hear what your child is telling you can be challenging, but it will likely lead to bigger and better conversations because your athlete knows they can open up to you and be heard.
“You have to remember that the hard days are what make you stronger. The bad days make you realize what a good day is. If you never had any bad days, you would never have that sense of accomplishment!” – Aly Raisman