Pablo Toledo -Rush Soccer’s Sporting Project Director- was joined by Asia Mape, Founder & CEO of ‘I Love To Watch You Play’, and discussed Dos and Don’ts for parents to help and encourage their children throughout this process.
Tryouts are stressful for everybody, dah, so we wanted to help. That’s why Sporting Project Director Pablo Toledo got together with Asia Mape, founder & CEO of ‘I Love To Watch You Play’, to discuss the topic. How can we help our children before, during, and after tryouts?
Simple question, important answer.
“Once I had my own kids, I started to go through the youth sports cycle, and I realised not only did I need a lot of help and guidance, but a lot of parents out there too. And they felt the same kind of ‘out of control feelings’ that I had”, commented Asia.
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Through this introductory question, the first tip arised:
“If I can add one little thing that I do a lot in my coaching. We always say ‘you reach a point in your sporting career that you have to GET serious, but that doesn’t mean that you have to BE serious. Just take what you do seriously’”, Pablo explained.
It is also important for parents not to downplay it either. This is a big deal for your children. So, if they didn’t make the team and they are not going to be with their friends, let them express their feelings and get it out. Ask them questions, encourage them, ‘What do you think happened? Let’s reflect on it’. Sometimes it can be hard, not every kid wants to talk about those situations, but we should recognize it as a hard moment and honour their feelings”.
Thank you for a fantastic interview, Asia! Visit I Love To Watch You Play to learn more about raising Happy, Healthy, Successful Athletes. Thank you for reading!