Episode #40: What Type of Sports Parent are YOU?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle:

We have all sat by a crazy sports parent in the stands and thought “Whew..I’m glad I don’t’ act that way”. But I’m guessing if we are honest WE HAVE all acted that way a time or two.

It’s easy to get caught up in our emotions. So how do we hit pause and reform those behaviors that are not serving us or our athletes?

In today’s huddle, I talk with Nick Buonocore from The Reformed Sports Parent. We get real and raw about how to take a step back to assess our own behaviors and more importantly our own hearts.

Nick and I discuss…

  • Who he is, what he does and why he does it.
  • Why he started The Reformed Sports Parent platform and when he realized he needed to change his own approach to sports parenting.
  • How getting vulnerable with his boys was a turning point for him.
  • Why parents are feeling the pressure of the pay-to-play and what we can do about it.
  • What should parents focus on and are sports parents chasing the wrong things in youth sports?
  • Why facing our own heart-posture and setting our ego aside is the place to start to bring change to the youth sports culture.
  • Why the number one place to start for a sports parent is “this is not about me”.

BIO:

Nick Buonocore, founder of The Reformed Sports Parent.

I am a husband, father of 6, and former college athlete trying to do my part to help change the culture of youth sports so it’s more about THE KIDS and less about the parents.

As a parent, coach and former college athlete, I am concerned about the current status of youth sports in our country. Early sports #Specialization, combined with pay for play travel organizations, has created a “cult-like” culture that is having damaging impacts on kids, parents and youth sports across the board.

I’ve drawn certain conclusions from my personal experience on this topic, and I believe the data available supports my instincts and feelings about the issues.

I thoroughly believe that in order for there to be any change it must start with us, #PARENTS, becoming more informed on the topics and wanting to make a change for the betterment of our kids by not trying to live vicariously through them!

Links & References:

Please follow me on Facebook at The Reformed Sports Parent

Instagram @nick.buonocore

Twitter @ReformedSparent

Website: The Reformed Sports Parent

CONTINUE THE HUDDLE

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