25 Information for the Parents of Athletes Playing a sport in middle school is an excellent way for students to stay active. The following tips will help ensure that your middle school athlete has a great season. Through athletics, students strengthen their bodies and perfect their skills. They learn how to win, how to lose, and how to be part of a team. Athletes learn discipline, and they develop new and lasting friendships. They also have a lot of fun. Be involved Many coaches have preseason meetings for the parents of their athletes. These meetings are usually very informative. They also give parents an op- portunity to meet the coaching staff, and a chance to get to know each other. Show good sportsmanship School sporting events can be very exciting, and it’s easy to get caught up in the action. As the parent of an athlete, you need to always set a good example. Support the coaches and players at all times. Support your athlete The best way to help your athlete is to be positive and to provide encour- agement, both at home and in the stands. If your child has a problem at any time during the season, encourage him/her to talk to the coach. If the problem is not resolved or if it’s of a serious nature, make an appointment to talk to the coach yourself. You are the most important people in your children’s lives, and they want you to be proud of them. Support your children and cheer loudly!