Playing sports was something my little athlete showed an interest in from an early age. Growing up, I wasn’t very athletic at all and didn’t get involved in any team sports until high school. My husband on the other hand played baseball from a very young age. So when he said he was ready to play we signed him up for t-ball. Over the years, his love of baseball hasn’t changed a bit and his love of sports has evolved. Encouraging him to be his best and follow his heart is
Over the years, I’ve learned a few things along the way. Supporting and motivating him is my number one job as his mom. I want him to follow his dreams and interests and have fun at the same time.
Listen to your athlete. In the early years, I tried to make sure I kept him in sports all year long. When baseball season ended, we moved to soccer. Once soccer was done, we moved into basketball or indoor soccer for the winter months. As he got older, his interest in indoor soccer waned and he wanted to try basketball. So we let him explore things that interested him and not just to keep him busy. We’ve also cut back on exactly how much we do so he can focus on what he loves and where his heart is. If your athlete is telling you it’s not working out, don’t push it or be disappointed. Try something new until you find their niche.
Stay committed. Parents and athletes make a commitment to the team once they sign up. My one rule for any new sport or activity is once you sign up, you’re committed for the season. Even if at first it’s not everything they hoped it would be or they don’t like it, make them follow through. In the end they may surprise themselves and you. As a parent, don’t just drop your athlete off to practice and leave. Stay. Meet other parents. See how you can help. Coaches are parents too and can use all the help they can get.
Make practice fun. Even after team practice is over, you can still practice at home. Turn activities into fun family games to enhance their skills. Invite friends or team members over to continue practices. It’s a great way to make new friends.
Teach them it’s ok to fail. For some athletes, talent may come a little more natural while others have to work hard at it. Teach your athlete that with hard work and determination, anything is possible. And that it’s OK to fail. You can’t win every game. Use failure as a learning experience and what they can do
Keep your athlete hydrated. Make sure your athlete is prepared for every practice, game and everything in between. Sending my athlete to games with POWERADE is the easy way to help replenish the electrolytes lost in sweat and provide energy to working muscles.
As moms we help fuel our little (or big) athlete’s potential by making sure they have all the things they need to play their best. Whether it’s making sure they have a good meal before the game, helping at games or making sure the team stays hydrated. It’s us moms who carry the teams.
Every young athlete has potential. No matter what you achieve in life, you start in the same place as everyone else: a kid full of potential and big dreams. At the end of the day, we are all “just a kid” from somewhere.
Powerade believes that with the right motivation these everyday athletes can realize their full potential. After all, we all started out as “just a kid” from somewhere. You can even represent your “somewhere” with custom “Just a Kid” apparel that features where you’re from. All net proceeds from the sale of this apparel line goes to the Boys & Girls Club of America.
I love that you can get the apparel personalized in English and Spanish.
Right now (or until April 4, 2016) You can get a free “Just a Kid” Sports Bottle when you purchase two 8-packs of 20 oz. POWERADE at Walmart. Just make the purchase, go online and submit your receipt and order your free sports bottle! To learn more, go to: http://www.us.powerade.com/walmart/#pov2 Offer good until supplies last.
How do you support your young athlete?