If children are interested, encourage them to participate. However, if a child is unwilling, do not force him or her to be involved.
Focus upon the child's efforts and performance rather than the overall outcome of the event. This assists the child in setting realistic goals related to his or her ability by reducing the emphasis placed on winning.
Keep the performance goals simple. Simple and realistic means challenging but attainable. The more performance goals set, the more likely the child will have to be successful.
Some example of simple performance goals:-
contest the ball with a player from the other team
recover quickly from incorrect plays
recover quickly from correct plays
find a team mate with my disposal (kick, throw, handball, pass)
Goals that are perceived by children to be too high only serve to make them anxious.
Teach children that an honest effort is an important victory, so that the result of each game is accepted without undue disappointment.
Encourage children to always participate according to the rules of the school.
Encourage children to always participate according to the rules or the laws of the game.
Never ridicule or yell at a child for making what you consider to be a mistake, or for losing a game.
Remember that children are involved in organized sports for THEIR enjoyment not YOURS.
Remember that children learn best from example.
Quietly and genuinely applaud good plays by all teams.
If you disagree with an official, raise the issue through the appropriate channels rather than questioning the official's judgment and honesty in public. Remember, most officials give their time and effort for the benefit of your child's involvement. It may be wise to approach the Principal some days after the event.
Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
Recognize the value and importance of volunteer coaches. They give of their time and resources to provide recreational activities for the children and deserve your support.
Avoid the use of offensive or derogatory language including that based on gender.