Coaching from the Sidelines?

Title: Coaching from the Sidelines?

Subtitle: Denial Rampant Among Sports Parents

June 21, 2011- Matthews, NC- “Youth sports are big business selling big dreams.
And, the denial runs deep among sports parents.”  At least, that’s the word from Aisha Sultan
of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in an article that is garnering national
attention.
If your children are involved in sports, you’ve probably seen this denial. It
usually manifests itself as an angry parent yelling at his young child from the
sidelines. This scene has become so common that hardly anybody pays attention
anymore. And that’s alarming.
It’s not just that these parents are a distraction. They can be downright
dangerous. We’ve all heard stories of parents getting into physical
altercations with other parents, referees, umpires, and coaches. Other times,
it is more subtle. There is a reason why doctors have been reporting more and more overuse injuries in younger and younger
athletes.
While the reason for increased parent “participation” isn’t entirely clear, it
may have to do with the notion that big businesses, such as year round travel
leagues, have effectively sold the idea that they can make any child into a
college or professional sports star. This is a lie.
“The notion that you can train your child to become a college athlete is
unrealistic,” says Mark Hyman, the author of Until It Hurts: America’s
Obsession with Youth Sports and How it Harms our Kids. Realistically, the
percentage of high school athletes who go on to play college sports is about 5%. Far fewer get full rides, and very few of
those scholarship athletes even make it to the pros.
“Unfortunately, the real reasons to involve children in sports have been lost
among many parents,” said Timothy Ward, Operations Manager of Athletic
Revolution International, a rapidly growing youth fitness franchise
organization.
Those reasons would include physical and mental health and development,
teaching youngsters how to work as a team, and developing leadership skills
that are valuable throughout life. A pipe dream of a big fat paycheck from a
professional sports organization isn’t on that list.
“Athletic Revolution was founded on sound scientific principles of growth and
development. Children are not professional athletes, neither physically nor
emotionally, so we shouldn’t treat or train them like they are,” said George
Maoury, owner of Athletic Revolution
Matthews. So, please, when it comes to youth sports, let kids be kids.
For more information on effective coaching or training for young athletes,
contact George Maoury, the head coach and owner of Athletic Revolution
Matthews, at 704.841.4403 or by email at info@athleticrevolutionmatthews.com

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