If sports are to make the greatest possible contribution to youngsters’ development, parents must be involved. Mothers and fathers can learn to be successful sport parents by watching the Mastery Approach to Parenting in Sports–a research-based self-instruction video that complements the program for coaches and is designed to get parents and coaches “on the same page” to the benefit of children.
The primary focus is on encouraging parents to provide a mastery motivational climate that emphasizes a definition of success as self-improvement, giving maximum effort, and enjoying the activity for its own sake instead of defining success as winning and besting others. A major theme is emphasized: What young athletes learn in sports carries over into their everyday lives. The program also discusses appropriate parent behavior, relations with coaches, and answers many questions that parents have.
The Mastery Approach to Parenting in Sports is based on over 25 years of experience in youth sport coaching and parent education. The program was originally developed and delivered as a 60-minute workshop, and it has been transformed into a 45-minute video self-instruction program divided into 15-minute chapters. The program is appropriate for parents who have relatively little athletic experience, as well as those who have a strong background in sports.