Responsible Sports

Responsible Sports is a cooperation between the Positive Coaching Alliance and Liberty Mutual Insurance.  There is great information there for both parents and coaches.

Highlights for Parents

  • Focus on achieving goals, not winning games
  • Focus on effort and hard work, not results and not talent
    • The player can control effort, they can't control outcome or "talent"
  • Avoid the post-game talk in the car
    • Ask open questions like "What did you think of the game?" and respect their decision to either discuss or not discuss the game
  • Focus on Life Lessons
  • 5:1 Ratio of praise to criticism
    • Make the praise truthful and specific, not just "good job."