28 Playing a sport is an excellent way for students to stay fit and active. Whether your child is part of an after-school intramural team or an area-wide “select” team, the following tips will help ensure that your athlete has a great season. Through athletics, students strengthen their bodies and develop their skills. They learn how to win, how to lose, and how to be part of a team. Athletes develop new and lasting friendships, and they also have 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 opportunity to meet the coaching staff, and a chance to get to know each other. Show good sportsmanship Sporting events can be very exciting and it’s easy for players and fans to get caught up in the action. As a parent, you need to be a role model and always set a good example. Support the coaches and players at all times—win or lose. Support your athlete The best way to help your athlete is to provide encouragement and to be positive, both at home and in the stands. If your child has a problem at any time during the season, encourage your child to talk to the coach. If the problem is not resolved or if it’s of a serious nature, 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 whenever possible, cheer loudly! Tips for the Parents of Athletes