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March 2014 Bar Bulletin

Sports Mom 101: Simple Rules, Complex Roles

By Brian Brunkow


Moms are the glue of every youth sports program. They rock the "mom walk" across the practice field when the little ones head for the sandbox, moms tirelessly organize fundraisers for high school programs, and college recruiters know mom is the "shot caller" for where her child will attend school.

So, for the new sports moms (whether brand new to sports or former athletes), here are 10 tips to prepare for what is ahead in the competitive world of youth sports.

Align Goals

Not every kid plays sports for the same reason. For some, it is a passion. For others, it's simply a chance to hang out with friends after school.

Ask questions. Find out why your child wants to play and then align your goals to support his or her goals. It doesn't really matter if you were an all-state baller back in the day because this is the child's season and experience.

Too many parents try to relive the glory days through their kids or equate parenting skills or status with their child's athletic skills.

Parent, Don't Coach

Players play, parents support and coaches coach. Simple rules, complex roles. Sports parents won't agree with every decision the coach makes. You may not like the coach, the style of play or personnel decisions.

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