As parents, we’re always looking for ways to connect with our young kids, spend time with them, and play a positive, healthy role in their lives. One of the ways parents can do this is by getting involved as a coach or assistant coach of their sports team.
I know that not all parents are super athletic, but there’s much more to coaching your child’s sports team than the ability to throw a ball, run fast, or make a jump shot. It takes patience, dedication to learning a skill, and the ability to remain positive in the face of adversity.
Here are a few reasons why it’s good to get involved as a coach or assistant coach as a parent.
1. You Can Reinforce Positivity
Playing sports at the youth level should be about having fun and learning the skills of a sport. As one of the leaders of the team, you’ll be in a unique position to reinforce that message.
2. You'll Get More Quality Time
Anytime that we spend with our young kids is vital towards building foundations of trust and love in their lives. By going to practice together, sweating, and having fun, it will build memories and forge new bonds for both of you.
3. It Lets You Get Involved
Our kids emulate what we do. If they see you getting involved in the community as a coach, they will be more likely to do that kind of thing when they get older and have kids of their own.
4. You'll Get to Know Their Friends
When you’re part of the team, you can get to know the children your kids are interacting with and help them grow closer, solve problems, and become better friends. You will also get to know the parents of the other children, enabling you to know more about who’s around your children.
5. Your Kids Will Become More Confident
It’s possible that your kids will be more confident about playing and being involved in the team if you’re around for support. They may feel that they have you by their side, offering encouragement and a friendly, reassuring face if things don’t go their way on the field.
6. You Can Help Make Decisions
Sometimes youth sports brings out the worst in people. There are overzealous parents who want their child to be the star. There are parents who show no remorse by yelling at their kids in front of everyone. There are parents who are completely disinterested in what their children are doing. By being a role model and a coach, you can help deal with some of these issues swiftly and calmly.
Also, when there are difficult decisions to be made about playing time and personnel decisions, you can be part of the conversation and help make a reasoned, thoughtful choice.