If parents keep reinforcing to their child that her pursuit of excellence in a sport is a sacrifice their child is making instead of a decision she is making, what effect is that likely to have on the child's attitude?
As a whole, our youth sports system is broken. As the country's performance culture increasingly focuses on the development of elite athletes at the youth sports level, our kids are burning out emotionally at a greater clip and at an earlier age.
I was asked recently by a sports parent, "What does it take to make a champion?" I thought for a moment and then responded with three words: "Genes, motivation, and support." So let's explore these three essential components to athletic success.