This is a tremendous video of young athletes talking about their parent’s behavior in the stands. They also talk about how this behavior affects them while playing. Finally, they ask the child how they wish their parents would act in the stands. The comments from these young athletes are eye-opening.
Joe’s Perspective: The overwhelming feedback from these kids is chill out, tamp it down, let me play my own game. Over-coaching or yelling from the stands makes the players anxious, embarrassed and/or stressed. The message to parents seems to be, just show up, be my parent and smile. As a parent, this is an important message to hear. However, I wonder how many parents are receiving this message.
Your Turn: If you had advice for your parents in the stands, what would it be?