As a parent you need to realize that you can hurt your child’s chances of making a team. No coach at any level wants to deal with a “crazy parent” that doesn’t “get it”. Relax, calm down, to my knowledge there is no cash prize at the end of a youth game. High school and college coaches don’t care how many games your travel or club team has won. At the highest level coaches look for size, speed, athletic ability, lacrosse fundamentals, willingness to compete, grades, work ethic, leadership qualities, and class and character. Parents must teach the student athlete to be well rounded on and off the field. Also don't forget to let them be kids.
Parents need to lead by example and teach their children to respect every person, team, town, school, and college they compete against. In the sport of lacrosse there is a tremendous opportunity to network. Don’t limit that networking opportunity to just your team.
Parents: “Get the Red Out” Which one are you?
Positive, active, supporting, participate or Rumor spreading, negative, jealous associate Team supporter or It’s all about my child, point counter, Criticizes other players Supports the challenge yourself, work hard, get better mentality or Excuse maker, that focuses on winning Quiet, never says a word “lone wolf” or Sideline coacher and screamer Sit back and let it happen mentality or Annoying “I have a suggestion” parent Up front face to face communicator or Polite in person, but a “tough guy” emailer Communicates when communicated too or Annoying butt kisser
A fan with class and character or It's all about me, classless tailgater