Five Tips to Prepare Your Child for a Successful High School Sports Career

by Maryam Saeeda Education

Is your child’s goal to have a successful high school sports career? If that’s the case, you should know that it’s not going to be a cakewalk. Talking about the high school level, there is a lot of competition for opening roles, apart from getting attention from college scouts. It needs a lot of single-minded focus, practice, and motivation. But children often lose that motivation needed to play sports. It happens with everyone, and that’s where your child’s resilience is tested. To make sure that your child stands out from the rest and gets the limelight he or she deserves, you should follow these five tips to help prepare your child for a winning high school sports career.

  1. Ask them about their motivation and let them decide

Find out what motivates your child and inspire him to follow his interests. But you must let your child pick a sport he enjoys – be it any, maybe not football. It’s natural for kids to feel motivated when they are playing a sport which they enjoy. Having said that, you can help in setting their expectations and guide them for playing a sport that shapes them as a well-rounded adult. You should also ask your child what they are going to do when their playing days are over, meaning, when they are out of school, college, etc. This way, you will know what their motivation is and the thought behind it.

  1. Don’t latch on too much 

Remember that when your kids start training, they will have a professional coach. Even in school, they have teachers and trained professionals to guide them. So, learn to disengage when the time is right and have faith in their coaches and teachers. The coaches in good high schools in Dubai and worldwide focus on your child’s strengths and best interests and are aware of the best ways to see them through. Your primary role is to know when your child might require emotional support and just provide that. The training or tutoring is anyways given by the teachers. If your child feels that you’re pushing them into a sport or shaping their career which is not aligned to their dreams or aspirations, then they will not perform to their highest potential. So, let your kid take the reins and then help them turn their dreams into reality.

  1. Practice at home

Practicing is very important not just formal and scheduled weekly practice, but even the informal and unstructured practice makes a huge difference. When you play your child’s favorite sport with him or her just out of love-of-the-game, then you’re helping them in a big way. If you have space in your backyard, then it’s good, but if you live in an apartment complex, then find a playground to have some fun time playing that sport with your kid. 

  1. Foster play over the competition

You must encourage your child that when he is on the court, it’s only important to have fun, and winning or losing doesn’t matter so much. This way, they will embrace a positive attitude, a better work ethic, and good sportsmanship towards their sport. If they are excessively competitive, then it will deter them from being a good team player. So, it’s important to teach your child to enjoy his sport rather than only worry about competition.

  1. Invest in training

It’s always a good idea to invest in getting your child properly trained in the sports he likes to play. It’s not important to send your child to expensive institutes or clubs to get trained, but you should consider some municipal parks or community organizations like the YMCA and YWCA that provide cost-effective camps or classes for sports such as basketball, soccer, baseball, swimming, etc. So, find out what’s available in the area or block where you reside in and plan your child’s vacations or after-school class each week to support his training.

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About Maryam Saeeda Freshman   Education

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