Tryout Season can be an emotional time for parents and kids. Unmet expectations, disappointment, excitement, and a range of other emotions are present. From the anxiety of showing up to the fear of being let down, our preparation as parents for the tryout is crucial.
I often see small groups of parents circled up at volleyball tournaments discussing everything they would have done differently. If I am honest, I have been caught in these conversations. As a former coach, I have been the centerpiece of those conversations. The game or tournament is over and parents circle up to critique all that could have been better. We analyze and start forming stories of why our kid isn’t getting the opportunity they deserve or why the team isn’t performing as they should. This type of negativity is dangerous for our family, our child, and the team.
Minimizing the pressure is one of the most effective ways to improve performance and the experience for our kids. Research shows that where fear and anxiety increase, performance decreases! Check out this article on the importance of your role as a parent in Minimizing Pressure.
At A Better Way Athletics, we believe parents are the most foundational piece of the child's athletic journey. Without you and the sacrifice you make, there are no athletes. As…