- SportParent Seminar
for Coaches and Directors:
This class provides
youth sport directors and coaches with a practical and effective way to
educate parents about their children's (aged 6-14) participation in
sports. In a
one-hour meeting, coaches/directors
can help parents learn what their responsibilities are and how to work
with coaches to provide safe, enjoyable, and beneficial sport experiences
for their children. Parents also learn why children play sports, a healthy
perspective on participation and winning, how to help children set
realistic performance goals, how to enhance their child's self-esteem, how
to communicate with the coach, and what behavioral guidelines to follow
when attending contests. A course fee of $195 plus $49 for video and
materials (that you keep) is due to the clinician prior to the course,
minimum of six participants required.
American Sport Education Program
Today, up to 40 million children in this country participate in organized
sports. With a nationwide obsession with kids playing to win, some young people
are spending 30 hours a week or more in practice and competition, and for many,
the dominant theme in youth sports today has become pressure. For some it's the
pressure of their parents' expectations. For others, it's the pursuit of college
scholarships even as early as 12 or 13-years-old, and for still others it's the
pursuit of a Michael Jordan-like, ESPN-induced vision of fame and fortune.
The young athletes of today represent the new world of youth and sports—a
world in which homework is done in the back seat of a car, where trophies line
bookshelves, and where parents shell out thousands of dollars and hours to
support their children's "careers." This forces a poignant question:
Are we doing too much of a good thing?
ASEP's SportParent Program provides youth sport directors and coaches
with a practical and effective way to educate parents about their
children's (aged 6-14) participation in sports. In this one to two
meeting, parents learn what their responsibilities are and how to
work with coaches to provide safe, enjoyable, and beneficial sport
experiences for their children. Parents also learn why children play
sports, a healthy perspective on participation and winning, how to
help children set realistic performance goals, how to enhance their
child's self-esteem, how to communicate with the coach, and what
behavioral guidelines to follow when attending contests.
program includes a 15-minute video and a SportParent Survival Guide. The video spotlights children involved in sports who
explain what they want from parents and what is important to them
when participating in competitive sports. The children, who are not
paid actors, speak honestly and from the heart. The facilitator shows
parents, coaches, school administrators, and other leaders how to present
a 45- to 60-minute program on the virtues of positive sport
parenting. I also demonstrate how the video may spark meaningful
dialogue on the role of a sport parent. The SportParent Survival
demonstrates the best ways parents can support their child's
participation in sport. This guide provides parents with the nuts-and-bolts information they
need to know in order to make their child's sport experience
positive. With these resources, you'll be able to turn problem
parents into valuable allies.
SportParent is a practical and easy-to-read book that will guide
parents as they support their child's participation in sport. The book shows
parents how they can become active partners with coaches to provide children
with beneficial, enjoyable, and safe sport experiences.
With the help of checklists, self-quizzes, and question-and-answer sections, you
• why kids play sports and common reasons they drop out,
• how kids can benefit from playing sports,
• ways to help kids develop a healthy sport perspective,
• how to help your child set performance goals,
• the importance of being a good role model,
• ways to be involved—but not over involved—in your child's sport
• what it means to be a responsible "sport parent," and
• ways to communicate with your child before and after competition.
SportParent also provides information to help parents understand and
communicate with coaches. The book explains
• the qualities of a good youth sport coach,
• warning signs of poor coaching,
• areas in which to evaluate your child's coach,
• when and how to approach a coach about a problem, and
• ways to help your child's coach.
SportParent was developed by the American Sport Education Program for use
in their SportParent Program. The book also makes an excellent
stand-alone guide for parents not in the program who want to ensure that their
child's sporting experience is a positive one.
Since 1981 the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) has provided
educational opportunities for more than 625,000 coaches, parents, and sport
administrators through its multilevel curriculum. ASEP developed the SportParent
Program to provide youth sport directors and coaches with a practical and
effective way to educate parents about their children's participation in sports.
During the course, parents are taught how to work with coaches to provide
beneficial, enjoyable, and safe sport experiences for their children. Parents
will also learn how to more fully enjoy the experience themselves.
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