As a parent, you play a special role in contributing to the needs and development of youngsters.
Through your encouragement and good example, you can help all the boys and girls learn good sportsmanship and self-discipline. In sports, young people learn to work together, to sacrifice for the good of the team, to enjoy winning and deal appropriately with defeat - all while becoming physically fit and healthy. Best of all, they have fun.
Support Your Child Supporting your child by giving encouragement and showing interest in their team is very important.
Help your child work toward skill improvement and good sportsmanship in every game. Teach your child that hard work and an honest effort are often more important than victory - that way your child will always be a winner despite the outcome of the game!
Playing Time and Team Assignments Playing time & team assignments are at the sole discretion of our coaching staff and are not open for debate or negotiation with parents . A player should feel free to discuss his/her status with the coaches at an appropriate time. Playing time and team assignments are not distributed on an equal basis and are not guaranteed by club membership. Furthermore, Players will not be allowed to practice or play in games if they are not current members of USA Water Polo and signed up with the club's current session.
Always Be Positive Parents serve as role models for their children. Be aware of this fact and work to be a positive role model. Applaud good plays by your child's team as well as good plays by the opposing team. Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from youth sports.
Remember: Your Child Wants To Have Fun Remember that your child is the one playing water polo, not you. It's very important to let children establish their own goals - to play the game for themselves. Take care not to impose your own standards and goals on them. Don't put too heavy a burden on your child to win games. Children play for the fun of playing.
Reinforce Positive Behavior Positive reinforcement is the best way to help your child achieve their goals and overcome their natural fear of failure. Nobody likes to make mistakes. If your child does make one, remember its all part of learning, so encourage your child's efforts and point out the good things your child accomplished.
Don’t Be A Sideline Coach Or Referee That means refrain from coaching or refereeing your child or other players from the sidelines. Respect the officials and their authority during games. Never question, discuss, or confront coaches or officials at the game field. Take time to speak with coaches or officials at an agreed upon time and place if necessary.
Be a positive role model for your child and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy, and by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, officials and spectators at every game, practice or sporting event. Do not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, player, or parent such as booing and taunting, refusing to shake hands, or using profane language or gestures.
Following these guidelines is imperative to the success of our club. Thanks for your support.