How to be the team’s best football parent this season (Part 1)

We are weeks away from the kickoff of football season and excitement is brewing. Uniforms are being bought and practices are starting. Whether you are a veteran football parent or a rookie new to the league, you already know that for the next few months football is your household’s life.

Here are ten tips that will help you be the team’s best football parent this season.

Help them maintain a healthy lifestyle.
No matter your football player’s age or skill level, it is important for them to eat healthily and exercise often. By feeding your family nourishing foods and promoting an active lifestyle, you are directly helping your athlete meet their on-field goals.

Educate yourself.
It’s okay if you don’t know all of the rules of football, but if the sport is something your son is extremely passionate about, they will definitely notice if you take the time to learn about it. Plus, if you’re going to cheer your football player on, you need to know what you’re rooting for.

Be present.
It is super important to be present when you are at your children’s sports games, football or otherwise. So put your phone down and keep your eyes on the field! That’s where the action is! Kids definitely look for their parents during games because you offer a comforting support. You don’t want them to look over and see you texting or gossiping mindlessly with other parents.

Don’t coach from the sidelines.
It sounds simple, but parents often need to be reminded. Unless you are the coach, there’s no need to coach the team. That’s the coach’s job. You don’t know what the coach is teaching and instructing and it’s not your role to add your two-sense to the situation. It’s frustrating and confusing for the athletes, so focus on cheering and offering support instead.

Get the whole family involved.
Brothers. Sisters. Aunts. Uncles. Cousins. Grandparents. Invite them all. Kids might pretend they are embarrassed by the crowd gathered for them, but in reality, everyone loves hearing their name cheered from the stands. The more shouts of support, the merrier.

Encourage your athlete to participate in training camps.
Football camps and training events will help your athlete continue to improve outside of the support of his coaches. Omaha football camps offered by organizations such as Warren Academy serve as a great way for young football players get faster, stronger and perform better.

Team sports is great for social and academic learning skills. What’s your favorite part about being a football parent?

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