What “words of wisdom/ advice” would you like to share/ give to:
Regardless of the score, do not show disappointment to your team. Yes, a loss may feel terrible; however, it does not mean that your team is not good enough to improve through hard work at practice. I have witnessed coaches yelling at their team just because they were not winning. This only causes a team to ‘shutdown’; players become negative in their play and in their attitude. Being positive is a key factor in developing a player despite the score or performance of the team. Use ‘constructive criticism’ instead of negativity when talking with a player or the team; you will reap the rewards in the long run.
If you do not want the game to end for you, then become a ‘referee’. As a player, the knowledge you have will carry over to being a referee. You understand the types of play on the field by two competitive teams. This is also a ‘life’ lesson: learning what it is like going from a player to the person in charge who needs to perform quality work. Consider yourself a player on the field with great authority to ensure the game is played fair through your observations as to what goes on during a game.
Encourage your son or daughter into thinking about becoming a referee. It will mold them into a leader without a doubt. When wearing the ‘uniform’ and they see themselves in the mirror, it will be a feeling of great pride to be a part of a community who care for the sport just as much as they did as a player. Developing from a player to a referee will be one of many highlights in their life. Others will see them grow into a professional, mature and responsible person, not only on the field but in school and work as well.