Hey Parents! I know it's often difficult to know when to step in and when to butt out when your child is an athlete. It’s hard to know how hard you should push them, should you help them with skill development, how best to support them, what hidden messages you are sending and what you should and should and shouldn’t say after they lose.
We have found that parents' behaviors and attitudes are almost always the key difference between successful and unsuccessful athletic experiences. Parents should focus their energy on areas where they can support their athlete.
One of those areas is helping your child develop and implement their PreCompetition Routine to achieve THEIR Peak Performance.
Consistent preparation leading up to a competition is a major contributor to your student-athlete getting consistent results. This consistent preparation begins in the days before the events in which they not only focus on consistency in their training but also, consistency in their activities of daily living and their thinking. (Read more about here and here.)
This is where you can be of the most support...you can help them to develop their PreCompetition Routines, as well as to implement it.
You can help them with things such as: what time they go to bed before a competition, what they eat, how they look, sportsmanship, discipline, respect, and unconditional love and support, .
We have developed a Peak Performance routine that each athlete can develop for themselves. We have found it is done more effectively and adhered to better if it is done with the parent. Many of the Peak Performance routine tasks will include support from you or other family members.
The routine should include these basic components:
You can help your student-athlete get started with developing their own routines by having them journal what they are currently doing to see what's working, what's not, what they need to start doing, and, maybe, what they should stop doing.
Developing this routine will take some time, practice, and trial-and-error to achieve what works best for them. It will be worth the effort once it's developed because it will provide purpose and discipline leading to consistency. These skills will help them do better in their game and in their life.
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