Being a supportive parent, caregiver or grandparent at junior sporting matches’ benefits children, coaches, referees and the wider community.
Here’s ten tips for appropriate sideline behaviour.
- Be a positive role model – Be aware of what you say and do
- Encourage and support your child before, during and after training and games
- Don’t coach your child from the sidelines – let the coach do the coaching
- Support and respect the coaching staff and their decisions
- Refrain from arguing with the referees
- Give yourself a time out if things get heated
- Encourage fair play and good manners
- Don’t pressure your child about winning or losing
- Celebrate your child’s achievements – no matter how big or small
- Encourage your child to have fun with their sport – a positive influence can result in a healthy lifetime relationship with sport
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