Just a few years ago, my oldest son began playing basketball at our local church. My wife and I purchased a basketball, some new kicks and witnessed him regularly lead his team in just about every stat category. He was a natural. He absolutely fell in love with the game. It was clear he would need to compete against a higher level of competition in order to reach his full potential. We signed him up for AAU travel basketball and began the process of weeknights at practice and weekends in the gym.
If you've been to a youth sporting event lately, it doesn't take long to see some pretty shocking things. You've probably read the stories and watched the viral videos highlighting out of control parents, coaches, players, referees and spectators. We're trending in the wrong direction. Let's face it, it's easy to focus on the negative. I know I'm guilty of it. We tend to focus on turnovers, missed shots, compare our athletes to others and put a lot of weight on winning or losing. Unfortunately, our young athletes fall victim and are drifting further away from not only us but the game they love.
Bleacher was designed to help parents build relationships with their athletes by combining positive stat tracking with result-appropriate conversation starters. Your presence on the bleachers is noticed. Your words matter. Oftentimes, we just need a little guidance. Win or lose, be ready for the car ride home.
- Bleacher Team