PREPARING YOUTH: WHAT PARENTS SHOULD KNOW <br />Wayne Goldsmith<br />www.sportscoachingbrain.com<br />University of Queens...
About me.<br />Live in Australia on the Gold Coast.<br />Married – Helen, psychologist, former elite swimmer, coach.<br />...
Important concept<br />Athletes should do their job to the best of their ability;<br />Coaches should do their job to the ...
The Performance Partnership<br />Real success is possible when all “performance partners” do their job to the best of thei...
What can you do?<br />Unconditional love.<br />Develop the person.<br />Listen.<br />Values.<br />Virtues.<br />Character....
Why problems happen.<br />Problems happen when people in the partnership cross their lines of responsibility.<br />Athlete...
Top Ten Tips for Sporting Parents 1: Training Load.<br />How many training sessions should your child do each week?<br />A...
Top Ten Tips for Sporting Parents 2: Special Diet.<br />Sporting kids do not need a special diet.<br />Keep it simple.<br ...
Top Ten Tips for Sporting Parents 3: School and Sport.<br />School comes first.<br />Sport can teach lessons about life, v...
Top Ten Tips for Sporting Parents 4: Specialisation.<br />There is no golden rule about when kids should specialise in one...
Top Ten Tips for Sporting Parents 5: Talent.<br />Real talent is harder to HIDE than it is to FIND.<br />You as a parent a...
Top Ten Tips for Sporting Parents 6: Strength Training.<br />Kids of any age can do strength training.<br />Body weight ex...
Top Ten Tips for Sporting Parents 7: Finding a Coach.<br />Find a coach who has the background, training and skills in the...
Top Ten Tips for Sporting Parents 8: Fatigue and Illness<br />Monitor kids for signs of fatigue.<br />Sleeplessness.<br />...
Top Ten Tips for Sporting Parents 9: Self Confidence.<br />Self belief and self confidence are THE critical cornerstones o...
Top Ten Tips for Sporting Parents 9: Parent Behaviour<br />Calm and dignified at sporting events.<br />Don’t run down the ...
Top Ten Tips for Sporting Parents 10: How long does it take?<br />We believe it takes around ten years of dedicated practi...
Summary.<br />Do your “job” to the best of your ability.<br />Love them, teach values, create confidence, encourage indepe...
Contacts<br />Wayne Goldsmith<br />Managing Director,<br />MOREGOLD PERFORMANCE CONSULTING.<br />www.moregold.com.au<br />...
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  1. 1. PREPARING YOUTH: WHAT PARENTS SHOULD KNOW <br />Wayne Goldsmith<br />www.sportscoachingbrain.com<br />University of Queensland<br />May 11th 2011<br />
  2. 2. About me.<br />Live in Australia on the Gold Coast.<br />Married – Helen, psychologist, former elite swimmer, coach.<br />Four kids! <br />Xenavee – 10.<br />Alex – 8<br />Hayden – 4<br />Dean – 11 months.<br />
  3. 3. Important concept<br />Athletes should do their job to the best of their ability;<br />Coaches should do their job to the best of their ability;<br />Parents should do their job to the best of their ability.<br />It’s a Performance Partnership.<br />
  4. 4. The Performance Partnership<br />Real success is possible when all “performance partners” do their job to the best of their ability.<br />
  5. 5. What can you do?<br />Unconditional love.<br />Develop the person.<br />Listen.<br />Values.<br />Virtues.<br />Character.<br />Independence.<br />Support.<br />Unconditional love.<br />
  6. 6. Why problems happen.<br />Problems happen when people in the partnership cross their lines of responsibility.<br />Athletes: train, compete and recover.<br />Coaches: coach.<br />Parents: Parent.<br />Communication is everything.<br />
  7. 7. Top Ten Tips for Sporting Parents 1: Training Load.<br />How many training sessions should your child do each week?<br />As many as they need to achieve their goals.<br />As many as they enjoy.<br />As many as their mind and body can manage.<br />No golden rules or magic formulas.<br />
  8. 8. Top Ten Tips for Sporting Parents 2: Special Diet.<br />Sporting kids do not need a special diet.<br />Keep it simple.<br />Fresh.<br />Limit junk food.<br />Lots of fruit and vegetables.<br />Lean meat.<br />NO SUPPLEMENTS.<br />Don’t use food as a reward.<br />
  9. 9. Top Ten Tips for Sporting Parents 3: School and Sport.<br />School comes first.<br />Sport can teach lessons about life, values, team building, leadership, time management etc.<br />Must learn to balance both school and sport commitments.<br />Forget Thorpe, Hewitt and the out-liers.<br />
  10. 10. Top Ten Tips for Sporting Parents 4: Specialisation.<br />There is no golden rule about when kids should specialise in one sport or one event or one position.<br />They will tell you what they want to do….when they are physically and mentally ready to specialise they will specialise.<br />
  11. 11. Top Ten Tips for Sporting Parents 5: Talent.<br />Real talent is harder to HIDE than it is to FIND.<br />You as a parent are in no position to judge talent – that’s our job.<br />Talent by itself is not the key…it’s talent plus attitude.<br />Talent under 12 years of age is not talent – it’s growth and development.<br />
  12. 12. Top Ten Tips for Sporting Parents 6: Strength Training.<br />Kids of any age can do strength training.<br />Body weight exercises.<br />Stability.<br />Flexibility.<br />Mobility<br />Good technique important.<br />Weights not the answer…technique and skills and mental approach more important.<br />
  13. 13. Top Ten Tips for Sporting Parents 7: Finding a Coach.<br />Find a coach who has the background, training and skills in the sport.<br />Someone who will work with you.<br />Someone who loves their job.<br />Someone who is passionate and can inspire passion in others.<br />Someone your kid likes.<br />
  14. 14. Top Ten Tips for Sporting Parents 8: Fatigue and Illness<br />Monitor kids for signs of fatigue.<br />Sleeplessness.<br />Weight loss.<br />Apathy.<br />Mood changes.<br />Loss of appetite.<br />Loss of enthusiasm.<br />Like you when you are tired.<br />
  15. 15. Top Ten Tips for Sporting Parents 9: Self Confidence.<br />Self belief and self confidence are THE critical cornerstones of success for every athlete.<br />Work with them throughout their lives to develop these skills – they are essential.<br />Build character and confidence and the athlete stuff will take care of itself.<br />
  16. 16. Top Ten Tips for Sporting Parents 9: Parent Behaviour<br />Calm and dignified at sporting events.<br />Don’t run down the coach.<br />Don’t challenge the coach in front of athletes.<br />The Performance NOT the Person.<br />Live the sporting experience with them – not for them and through them.<br />
  17. 17. Top Ten Tips for Sporting Parents 10: How long does it take?<br />We believe it takes around ten years of dedicated practice for athletes to realise their full potential.<br />No short cuts.<br />No gimmicks.<br />No quick answers.<br />Consistent quality training, good coaching and great parenting.<br />
  18. 18. Summary.<br />Do your “job” to the best of your ability.<br />Love them, teach values, create confidence, encourage independence and develop the human being.<br />Support the coach.<br />Be patient.<br />Let them be kids…then help them be athletes.<br />
  19. 19. Contacts<br />Wayne Goldsmith<br />Managing Director,<br />MOREGOLD PERFORMANCE CONSULTING.<br />www.moregold.com.au<br />www.sportscoachingbrain.com<br />www.swimcoachingbrain.com<br />www.businesscoachingbrain.com<br />Email: wayne@moregold.com.au<br />

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