Parent support

Top tips for parents

  1. Encourage participation, not winning: It is important to emphasise the importance of participating and having fun over winning. Children are still developing their skills and it is more important for them to enjoy the experience and develop a love for the sport.
  2. Support your child: Let your child know that you support them, no matter what the outcome of the game is. Be a positive influence by offering words of encouragement and praise for their efforts.
  3. Focus on the effort, not just the results: Celebrate your child’s effort, not just their victories. Children will learn to focus on the process, not just the end result, which is a valuable lesson that will serve them well in life.
  4. Lead by example: Show your child that being active and participating in sports is important by setting a good example yourself. Exercise regularly, watch sports, and show an interest in their activities.
  5. Avoid being over-involved: While it’s important to be supportive, it’s equally important not to be over-involved. Avoid coaching from the sidelines, and let the coaches do their job.
  6. Respect the coaches and officials: Teach your child to respect the coaches, officials, and other players. Encourage them to be good sports, both in victory and defeat.
  7. Let your child play: Finally, it’s important to let your child play. Don’t be overly focused on the outcome or their performance, and let them have fun and enjoy the experience.

Supportive Parent

Authored by Andrew Morris, Football Canterbury’s Technical and Game Development Manager, Supportive Parent  discusses how the association is working to create a better footballing experience, not only for the players and coaches, but also for the parents, spectators, volunteers and referees.

ABCs for Parents – NSW Sport

ABC of Parenting

Other NSW Sport resources

Below is also a series of resources to guide and assist parents supporting their children’s engagement and journey within sport from NSW Sport. We’ve included some of the most popular links but you can access many, many more by visiting their website.

Five Tips of Positive Parenting

Role modelling wise mindsets

Dealing with losing/disappointment

The Selection process – how to manage success and disappointment

Parenting tips to help to connect with your child

Preventing and overcoming athlete burnout

Mind and Body Connection

Managing sibling rivalry

How to keep your kids confident and in control

Dealing with Winning – A Parent’s guide

Other important articles

Physical activity for school-age children

Resilience in pre-teens and teenagers

Helicopter parenting