The Parents’ Playbook



Playing sports is about much more than learning the physical skills of the game and winning championships. For students, playing high school sports is about having fun, building lifelong friendships, preparing to take on future challenges, learning how to be a good teammate, and simply enjoying the game.

So how can we as parents and coaches show up and support the student-athletes in our lives, regardless of performance or the outcome of the game? We sat down with high school students and asked them—why they play, how they feel about parental pressure, and what kind of support they need before, during and after the game.

Watch the video below to learn how we can collectively help create a fun and enriching sports experience for our student-athletes. Once you’re done watching, feel free to share this video with coaches and parents to begin a conversation.