Your child’s learning to play lacrosse? That’s awesome – it’s a wonderful sport with deep historical roots and an emphasis on speed, endurance, coordination, and teamwork. And it’s lots of fun.
As a parent, you want to make sure your youngster gets the most out of their new pursuit – in terms of both exercise and enjoyment – while maximizing their potential. Of course, there are a number of factors that will influence your child’s ability to reach that potential.
One of the most important of these factors can actually come directly from you. Your perspective on competition and its role in your kid’s life will absolutely influence their athletic experience. If you communicate the upbeat message that sports are fun, and that you’re proud of his or her efforts on the field, your child will internalize this positive input and get greater enjoyment from practices and games.
Access to high-quality training is also very important. The earlier your child begins learning proper technique, the better. Once a bad habit forms, it’s very difficult to “un-learn” – your child will need even more training to help eliminate flawed techniques. So provide excellent instruction from the start, and you’ll enhance your youngster’s enjoyment and pace of improvement.
Other factors that directly impact lacrosse potential are:
- Athletic environment (does your child have a safe, comfortable place to practice and play?)
- Involvement by parents and siblings (are sports part of the positive family dynamic?)
- Exposure to other sports. When a child plays multiple sports, they have the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of athleticism. They maximize the development of a collective sports IQ by learning different skills and how to play their best in a variety of scenarios.
- Practice. Any child who wishes to improve skills (no matter how much innate talent they possess) must practice regularly.
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