#2: And, did we have fun while we were playing it?
We feel that if both answers are YES, then the winning will take care of itself!
As part of that philosophy, we would like to encourage a positive and supportive environment for all involved. Kids play for the love of the game, parents support and spectate for the love of the kid, and volunteers do what they do for both! Long after the score is forgotten, it is the memory of the fun, the friendships and the cherished moments of a time gone by they'll remember the most.
If you are the parent of a young softball player, it’s easy to let the hectic nature of a season get in the way of the big picture. Below are the top 10 tips for parents to follow for each ballgame as posted on "the SEASON" website at http://theseason.gc.com/advice-baseball-parents/:
1) Celebrate your child’s effort and sportsmanship, above results such as winning and losing.2) Do not coach from the stands.
3) Never yell at the ump.
4) Never yell at the other team or their coaches.
5) Stay away from the dugouts during the game.
6) The umpire is human and will make mistakes.
7) Cheer positively.
8) Root for the whole team, not just your son or daughter.
9) HAVE FUN!
10) “Your child’s success or lack of success in sports does not indicate what kind of parent you are. But having an athlete that is coachable, respectful, a great teammate, mentally tough, resilient and tries their best IS a direct reflection of your parenting.”