Parents: Cheer for Your Student’s Teams – Not Against Officials or Opponents

One of the keys to a successful high school athletic or performing arts season is for coaches, athletic directors, and other school administrators to develop a positive connection with the parents of participating students.

Placing expectations in parents early in the school year increases the likelihood that they will contribute members of the school team and reduces the risk of embarrassment for their children and other members of the community in the school-sponsored community events.

As we noted a few weeks ago, the shortage of officers continues to be a major concern across the country – and more supportive parents encouraging their sons and daughters from the stands rather than challenging officers’ calls would help a lot help to keep more individuals to conduct competitions.

In a recent issue of high school today Magazine Kevin Murphy, athletic director at Washington Township High School in New Jersey, noted that he lets parents know at preseason meetings that they’re part of the team and everyone has a role to play. Parents should be supportive of both players and coaches, value their child’s efforts and not let the scoreboard dictate their feelings.

The aim is for parents to be cheering on their children’s teams, not against their team’s opponents. School leaders need to help parents see that their job is to support their sons and daughters—not to coach, officiate, or administer.

In another high school today Article, Ohio school principal William O’Neil said, “Parents should have a healthy attitude towards sports and enjoy their children’s participation. They should attend games, learn each other’s names, introduce themselves to other parents, and, win or lose, support the team’s progress through the season. Of course everyone wants their team to win, but what counts in the end is the child’s education, family and the opportunity to spend time together.”

To provide parents with more tools and resources to correct negative behavior at events, the NFHS introduced the National Parent Credential, which consists of two free online courses through the NFHS Learning Center. The two free courses – The Parent Seat and Positive education in school programs – are available at

The Parent Seat Sharing the title of the Learning Center’s first overarching video resource, the course combines key insights from its namesake as well as elements from two other videos: Beyond the scoreboard and A lasting relationship. By integrating themes from All three videos The Parent Seat course in the series helps parents understand the importance of attending school programs, what parents expect from school events, how parent behavior affects their child, and how parents relate to their child’s high school experience can build a healthy relationship.

Positive education in school programs focuses on the fact that parents need to understand that how they behave in the stands, how they speak to their students after a training session or match, and how they interact with the coaches and officials make all the difference in their children’s enjoyment of the experience .
Parents have a tremendous impact on the competitive environment and it is imperative that school leaders strengthen the ways in which parents can do this in a positive way. The last thing students want to hear when attending a game or competition is their parents yelling at the officials or coaches from the stands. Rather, students want positive support and encouragement from their parents.

Similar to encouraging trainers to take continuing education courses to become certified, school leaders should encourage all parents of student participants to take those two courses and earn it National Parental Identity Card. This could be a significant step in improving the overall experience of education-based activities.

There is a big difference between fans and fanatics. fans Support the officials, players and coaches, other than that fanatic that tear down and harm the participants, the school and the community. Let’s make sure we provide parents of high school students and athletes with all the resources needed to keep our stadiums, gyms, and classrooms full FANS.


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