Use Sports as a Springboard to Life Success!
For many years I have talked openly about the importance of personal development through boys and girls sports participation — not just for better on-field success, but better life success (The Parents Playbook). Unfortunately, far too many young athletes tend to forget or overlook all the great life lessons they have been taught through sports when they eventually retire (whether it’s after little league, pop warner, varsity sports, or even pro sports). Athletic transferable skills are invaluable across settings, and there are countless “teachable moments” parents can use in sports that can be maximized in other settings as well (like in the classroom). The key is that parents must invest in sports role modeling in order for sports to have the best impact on their children.The reality is that most young athletes won’t have the chance to play professional sports (or even college sports for that matter). Still, the sports setting is an invaluable and fertile ground for learning, developing, and maximizing human potential!