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Josh Waltz4 weeks ago
I received a pretty cool advice email on Sunday that I wanted to share with everyone:
Being a good teammate and competitor is just as important as having great skating skills.
As a parent, you can play a critical role in helping your child develop these important traits.
Here are some tips to help you guide your child towards becoming a good teammate and competitor.
First off, encourage your child to respect their teammates and opponents.
Teach your child to value the unique strengths and contributions of each team member, and to show sportsmanship towards opponents, regardless of the outcome of the game or competition.
Also, emphasize the importance of communication.
Encourage your child to communicate with their teammates on the ice or during practice, and to express their thoughts and feelings in a constructive manner.
Good communication can help build trust, cohesion, and mutual respect among teammates.
Help your child develop a growth mindset.
Teach them to view mistakes and failures as opportunities to learn and grow, and to strive for continuous improvement.
By developing a growth mindset, your child will be more resilient and better equipped to handle challenges and setbacks.
Teach your child to be accountable for their actions.
Encourage them to take responsibility for their mistakes and to make amends when necessary.
This can help them build trust and credibility among their teammates and coaches.
Teach your child to be supportive of their teammates and fellow competitors.
Encourage them to cheer on their teammates and to offer encouragement and constructive feedback when necessary.
This can help foster a positive team culture and help your child develop strong bonds with their teammates.
Last but not least, remind your child to have fun and enjoy the game or competition
While it is important to take the game or event seriously, it is also important to remember that it is just a game.
Encourage your child to have fun, enjoy the process, and cherish the relationships and memories that they will create along the way.
Helping your child develop good sportsmanship, communication skills, a growth mindset, accountability, and supportiveness can go a long way in making them good teammates and competitors.
By emphasizing these traits, you can help your child become a better athlete and a better person.
Take advantage of the sport they love to teach them values that will last a lifetime!!