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How Parents Can Provide Extra Motivation For Kids To Play Sports In The United States

by Coach Chris Goodman

Some parents might find it difficult to explain the benefits of being a student-athlete in the United States to their children. They might actually want the adventure more for their son or daughter-than the student-athletes does on their own. Are you a parent who wants your son or daughter to play sports in the United States but you just can't explain the opportunity? Here are a few tips on providing a little extra motivation to enlighten your kids on what possibilities might come from such a dream journey.

Emphasize The Realistic Opportunity and Rewards

The chances of your son or daughter competing in a United States professional league are slim. It's important to emphasize what the opportunity entails and what they will realistically accomplish and gain. You want to make sure you aren't sugar coating anything. You can provide examples of potential takeaways. They'll experience a different culture. They will learn to quickly get acclimated to other people who aren't like them. They can figure out how to use time wisely. Learning to improve academically and athletically is another asset. They'll also figure out who they are and become an independent human being. They can also enjoy the adventure of going somewhere completely new. A student-athlete will most likely be respected and admired within their own community for having the internal strength to make their own individual dream happen at such an early age. Most of all, they will get the opportunity to experience a once in a lifetime journey that so few do.

Seek Out Positive Influences

People who have been through the experience can often help provide a more accurate picture of what it's like. You can find a CEO or role model in your community via LinkedIn/social media/referrals who has studied abroad in the U.S. and played sports. You can ask your son or daughter to email the person with questions about the experience (maybe it's a phone call). It often helps to seek out guidance from someone who has accomplished the feat to get more perspective. How did it help them gain independence? How did they learn to be more wise with time management skills? What did they take away from the experience that was priceless? Why was it worth it and how did it help them in the business world?

It's Ultimately Their Decision And Journey

It's important to remember that it's still ultimately the decision of the student-athlete to leave or stay home. As a parent, you can try to provide extra motivation and give encouragement but your son or daughter needs to come to that conclusion on their own. The last thing either of you probably wants is for a wasted month or two in the United States. That's why it's very important to keep a realistic viewpoint of what the journey will be like. It can be tough. College/university classes are typically harder and require more study than prep/high school. College/university sports require more practice and dedication. It's still can be an exciting adventure. It's a chance to make lifelong friends. It's also an experience that is well admired in the business world. It's a chance to grow up and find your path for the rest of your life. It can be a complete game changer. It's not, however, for everyone. A young athlete needs to be on board with idea or they could certainly struggle with the tougher times in sports, socially or the classroom.

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