How can I help my child be a successful student-athlete?
- Be supportive of your child and the "entire" team/program
- Academics come first! Grades really are the most important factor if your child plans to play sports at the college level. Be sure to monitor your child's NCAA Eligibility if your child is interested in college sports. Check the approved courses here: web3.ncaa.org/hsportal/exec/hsAction?hsActionSubmit=searchHighSchool Be sure that
- Be mindful of your role and refrain from adding unnecessary pressures to your child. Allow your child to advocate for themselves and refrain from speaking for them.
- Look past playing time! Although you may not be happy with the time your child is receiving, continue to encourage and try not to make it the focus when speaking to him/her.
- DON'T IGNORE INJURIES or signs of extreme mental or physical fatigue. If he or she is hurting, find out what it is. Playing injured can hurt your child's long-term health and the overall team in the long run.
- Monitor your child's social media accounts and have continued conversations about appropriate behavior as a student-athlete.
- Last but not least, REMEMBER winning isn't everything! Sports can create positive and lasting memories for your child as well as teach them lessons that will help them maneuver through life. Always remember to encourage your child to have FUN!
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