Highlights were:
• Antheny winning Magersfontein
• Leanda winning Magersfontein
• Marco finishing the Argus in a good time.
• Ellene playing great golf in Cape town
• Gustav playing a decent round in Kimberley
• Frikkie showing his biceps at the Longest Drive competition at Tempe
• Chade playing a personal best at Magersfontein.

Other events by INSPIRED were: VOLUIT VROU by Madeleen Steenkamp. The event was a great success and the ladies had such a blast! Keep up with the next events on our website http://www.inspired2coach.net

A must listen: In a Podcast, Ultimate Sports Parent Radio interviews Brian Gardner, successful youth hockey coach and Program Coordinator of Student Involvement, Maryville University of Saint Louis. You’ll find Brian’s interview in Show 8: What Parents Should Say During the Drive Home After a Game. Just click on this link http://www.youthsportspsychology.com/radio_show.php

Gardner explains how well-meaning parents detract from their child’s sports experience after games and the effects of parent coaching on team performance in hockey. In addition, we give parents his top tips for helping young athletes during the drive home from a game.

This article about parenting is such a true one, many thanks to these guys for sharing it with us, © 2009 The Ultimate Sports Parent by http://www.peaksports.com

Attached is the fuller guide to good sports parenting, enjoy it!

It’s true sports parents too often get hot under the collar and yell at coaches, refs and even their sports kids during games. But critics need to show these parents some empathy and give
them a break. That’s the word from Nancy Peter, director of the out-of-school time resource center at the University of Pennsylvania who studied why parents can get out of hand in youth sports. Peter is quick to confess that she found herself experiencing strong emotions when her son played competitive baseball. To better understand what was going on, she did some research into her local little league. She sent parents involved in the little league a survey, observed numerous games, and interviewed parents in person.

Peter concluded that many parents, like herself, experience strong emotions when they’re watching youth sports…These feelings are triggered by a number of factors–including pride, anxiety, and a primal drive to protect their kids, she says. Parents need to be aware of these strong feelings, learn to be good sports parents and moderate their behavior, Peter says. Feelings aren’t facts, she says. “You don’t have to act on strong feelings; you have a filter,” she says.

“My big recommendation is not to be punitive to parents but approach them with empathy. For some parents, this is a new experience,” says Peter. “They are not innately bad or insensitive.” Coaches and leagues need to give parents resources to help educate them, Peter says. In addition, coaches and leagues need to help parents brace for situations that will prompt strong emotions, she says.

“If there’s a high-stakes game, send a reminder to parents. You will be stressed…Don’t humiliate or degrade children. Don’t get in the way of coaches,’” she says. What’s more, Peter concluded that sports kids are more resilient than parents think they are. “Over the years, kids learn to bounce back,” she says. “Parents sometimes don’t give kids credit for being able to bounce back.” Instead, they’re over-protective. “They end up embarrassing the child and removing the opportunity for the kid to cope,” she says. Peter says parents are capable of changing their behavior. “I did,” she says. “My feelings haven’t changed much, but my actions have changed.”

Don’t hesitate to contact me with questions, recommendations or bookings. And if you need help with controlling your emotions, give me a call to arrange a session.
Have a great week!
ROZANNE RAATH

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