10 Commandments for Sports Parents

USSA, in partnership with USA Swimming about five years ago, put out the following list for parents.

  • Do not impose your ambitions on your child.
  • Be supportive, no matter what.
  • Do not coach your child.
  • Only have positive things to say at a competition.
  • Acknowledge your child’s fears.
  • Do not criticize officials.
  • Honor your child’s coach.
  • Be loyal and supportive of the team.
  • Encourage goals other winning.
  • Do not expect your child to become an Olympian.