Whether it’s in life or in sports, parents want success for their children. Often, there is even a direct link between success in sport and success in life. Participating in sports allows kids to push themselves, work in a team setting and accomplish a common goal. Although support from parents is crucial for a child’s success, in some cases this passion and drive for our children to succeed in sports can actually harm their performance and have a negative effect. It can cause burn out and loss of love for the game. With too much pressure a game can turn into a business – and this is not a good way to promote growth and development in sports for your child. There are many ways to keep sports fun for your children and allow them the best chance to succeed.
The TeamLinkt team has developed three tips for parents to help their children succeed in sports:
1. Offer Praise for Hard Work, Not Just Accomplishments
Goals and Assists are great, but sometimes these statistics aren’t a true reflection of your child’s performance on the ice. Praise the goals and assists, but don’t forget to also praise other things that aren’t displayed on the game sheet. Support a nice back check, acknowledge you kid for playing as a team, working hard in the defensive zone and including their teammates. These are intangible assets of an athlete’s game in any sport that will help your child succeed at the next level.
2. Support Multi Sport Participation
Having your child play multiple sports is great for two reasons: avoiding burnout and skill development. Playing multiple sports will make your child a more well rounded athlete – and many skills are transferable between sports. Hitting a baseball can help hand-eye coordination on the ice, running on a soccer field will help conditioning on the ice and the list goes on. It is also important for kids to avoid getting burnt out playing the same sport all year. Even if your child’s goal is to play in the NHL, this doesn’t necessarily mean playing hockey 12 months of the year will mean more success on the ice. When hockey season starts up in September, you don’t want your child already needing a break from the ice.
3. Promote Fun!
Winning is great – but having fun is the most important thing for your child. Having a love for the game is what will continue to fuel their drive to become a better player. The best hockey players in the world are the ones who continue to still have fun on the ice. Connor McDavid, Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, to name a few names, are grown men playing hockey and still having the time of their life every time they lace up the skates.
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TeamLinkt is the best sports team management app thanks to its industry-leading features. It is a free app for coaches to manage players thanks to a network of existing sponsors. They cover the cost, and you get the pro version of the TeamLinkt mobile sports app for free!
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Slo Pitch, Slow Pitch, Slo-pitch, Slow-Pitch – however you spell it, TeamLinkt has come up with a free solution for adult rec sports leagues like Slo Pitch Softball. TeamLinkt is working with teams and leagues from SPN (Slo-Pitch National) in Canada and USSSA in the United States – and even leagues in Europe like London Charity Softball League. The entire league software package is available completely free – and creating your league is simple with import tools and premium level customer service.
Slo-Pitch Leagues Using TeamLinkt Receive:
- League Website
- League Communication Tools
- Team Management App
When you create your league with TeamLinkt, you get a free website! The website is customizable through an extremely user-friendly CMS (meaning if you have zero background in creating a website it is no problem). You set your colors, provide basic information and a logo and our system auto-generates a free complete website for you with schedule, standings, news and venues. You can also create additional pages/sub-pages if you want! Registration is also coming soon to the TeamLinkt league management system, so stay tuned! A fully customizable website with your own domain is also available at an additional charge. If you already have a website – you can also embed our standings and schedule widget into your existing website.
League Communication Tools:
Communicating with your slo-pitch teams is easy with TeamLinkt. From your TeamLinkt League Account, you will have the ability to message all of the teams in your league or association. This message is sent via a push notification and email message that instantly will go to the individual team captains, all players on a team, multiple teams or the entire league or association. This is perfect for league announcements and last-minute reminders.
Team Management App:
Slow Pitch leagues will receive the pro version of the TeamLinkt sports team management app for free for all teams in the league. This is free thanks to our existing network of sponsors. Some of the features of the player management app include player availability, schedule, roster, team chat, polling and more. To set up teams on the app and make the league administrator’s life easier, a league specialist will pre-load in roster/schedule data or you can simply share a code and coaches can create their own teams
Overall, TeamLinkt is free for slo pitch leagues thanks to the community partner sponsorship model. Other software like TeamSnap, SportsEngine and RAMP charge thousands of dollars to set up a league – but TeamLinkt offers a better product for free. Set up is simple as a league specialist will help set-up from start to finish saving you time and making sure your league launches successfully.
Team Management + Fundraising in one! Used by thousands of teams, TeamLinkt is the simplest way to organize and connect your team - share rosters, schedules, availability, chat, share photos, in-game feeds, live stream, fundraise & more.