Kick Off a Responsible Season
Brought to you by the Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports program
start of the season is coming up!
softball players are getting ready for tryouts. Coaches are drawing up practice
plans. Administrators are dotting i’s and crossing t’s. Of course, parents are preparing too!
Sports is preparing too—preseason tips for you!
1. Determine Goals: Ask your youth sports athletes to write down all
the reasons they want to play this season. Then ask them to rank their Top
3…but don’t look at their lists just yet. Make a list of your reasons, and then
rank your Top 3. Next, work
with them to determine mutual goals.
2. Embrace Mastery Approach™: Athletes of all levels, from
recreational to world-class, succeed when they adopt this approach. What is a Mastery
3. Open Communication: Coaches: Host a parents meeting at
the beginning of the season. What should you discuss? Also ask team parents to respect the coach-athlete relationship and join you in a pledge
to maintain a Responsible Sports environment. Here’s some Positive Coaching
Alliance handouts that will help you prepare for this meeting.
4. Have Fun: Sometimes, in all of the season planning and organizing, we
forget one core truth—we play sports because it’s fun. Remind yourself and your
as the season fast approaches, join us in our pledge to enjoy a Responsible Sports season—a season filled
with sportsmanship, life lessons, great competition, and exceptional athletes,
coaches, and parents.
At Liberty Mutual Insurance,
we constantly look for ways to celebrate the countless acts of responsibility
shown by people every day. We created Responsible Sports, powered by Positive
Coaching Alliance, as part of this belief to help ensure that our kids
experience the best that sports have to offer in environments that promote and
display responsibility. We believe kids can learn valuable life lessons when
coaches and parents come together to support winning on and off the field. Join
the Responsible Sports movement!
In an effort to benefit millions of youth athletes, parents
and coaches, this article is among a series created exclusively for partners in
the Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports program, powered by Positive Coaching Alliance.
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