It’s the day of basketball tryouts. You are probably more stressed out about the upcoming date with the hardwood than your young athlete. You talk to them about what they need to do as you ride to the car. You tell them that their effort is more important than anything else. You tell them that they don’t have to worry about making the team. You tell them that you are proud of them no matter what. You are the super motivational sports dad/mom!
As you espouse your words of wisdom you notice that they are sitting in the back seat and listening without response. Through your rear view mirror you see them either looking out of the window, listening to their favorite rap artist or, based on the permanent smile fixed on their face, watching their favorite youtube video. You figure it’s probably for the best as the GPS barks out the directions to the gym.
As you pull up to the gym you take one more opportunity to give them your words of wisdom as you notice that they are taking off their headphones. They nod and jog into the gym ready for practice. The only problem is that 90% of you did not prepare them well for the outcome you both are hoping to have. Let me give you a little window into the five things that we paid attention to that helped our son make every team that he tried out for.
5 Things You Better Know Before Basketball Tryouts