Cheer for your team, cheer for the opponents, cheer for the referees.

by Gary Pulver
(Arlington, TX)

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My kids were never going to be basketball stars. In fact, the youngest one never made a basket in her 7-year basketball career. But they both absolutely loved playing the game, smiled while they were playing, and win or lose, came off the court happy.


I believe most of this was because of the philosophy that their coaches had that we, as parents, were required to support the other team, the referees, and every girl on the team. There was to be absolutely no booing or berating of anyone involved in the game.

I'm certain that most parents have been to games where "other parents" made complete idiots out of themselves and embarrassed the team and their coach. The game is a "game" and at every level, good sportsmanship should be foremost in everyone's mind.

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You can never cheer enough!
by: Joe Waters - webmaster

This a simple, yet great point that Gary makes. Basketball is a fun sport and your child is playing it because they love it, want to get better at it and above all else - want to have fun.

Basketball parents should always support and encourage their children - that should be obvious to all parents.

However, just as important is the support and respect parents show the coaches, referees, opponents, etc... This is a simple way of teaching our children the importance and value of good sportsmanship.

Basketball is so much more enjoyable for the children when the parents act like supportive and caring parents, and not like lunatic fans.

Thanks for these great tips for basketball parents Gary.


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