What’s Happening This Week March 3 – March 8
Good Luck Dragons!
Monday, March 3:
Spring Sport Practices Begin
Tuesday, March 4:
Boys Basketball travels to Liberty for Play-In Game at 7:00, lv 4:00
Rooter Bus traveling to Liberty for the game will leave at 4:45
Wednesday, March 5:
Girls Basketball hosting Eagle Point for Play-In Game at 6:00
Wrestling Sports Awards in Cafeteria at 5:30
Swim Team Sports Awards at the Dallas Aquatic Center at 6:00
Dance Competition at S. Albany
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Simple guidelines for the parent of an Athlete (by Proactive Coaching-Bruce Brown)Before the first game ask yourself the following questions:
- Why do I want my child to play this sport?
- What goals do I have for him/her?
- If there are roles, what role do I want them to play?
- How will I decide if it's a successful season?
- Why are you playing?
- What goals do you have?
- What do you think your role will be on the team?
- What is a successful season?
Here are the red flags that indicate that you haven't "released" your child:
- You continue to share in the credit when things go well. "We won." No, they won.
- You find yourself trying to resolve all the problems that will inevitably come up during a season. Most of these problems will be relationship problems.
- You catch yourself yelling at an official during the game.
- You try to continue to coach them when they know more about the sport than you do (about 9th grade.)
- They try to avoid you after the game or they're embarrassed by your involvement.
- You are more nervous before the game than they are
- You're still fretting about the game long after they're over it
- Be there. However, if you've been to every practice and game since they were four, don't go sometime and see what your athlete wants to bring back to you.
- Model appropriate behavior. Bruce videotaped himself early in his coaching career and found that what he thought of as intensity came off as scary ugly! He reformed. To develop kids who will be poised and confident under pressure, we must model the same.
- One instructional voice. This needs to be the voice of the coach. Kids find it very confusing when they hear multiple people. Encouraging voices are OK.
- Focus on the team, not on your little darling.
- Choose one role. There are four roles - player, coach, spectator and official. Everyone gets to choose one.
When kids are asked about bad memories from athletics, the most consistent answer is the car ride home with mom and/or dad after the game.
Here's how to make that car ride home a positive:
- Save your analysis. Don't analyze their play, the officials, their teammates, the coaching, the conditions, etc.
- Give your athlete time and space. Kids need time and space to recover. Some need an hour, others a week.
- Be a confidence builder and not a confidence cutter. What can you say? Things like