| YOU |
The core of AllWorld services is striving to improve client conditions in meaningful and lasting ways. How would you like to enhance yourself and your child-athlete? Here are just a few common responses:
Parents of children involved in youth sport face more challenges realizing these goals in the 21st century than in the past. An unfortunate myth about youth sport is that child participation is inherently healthy and character building. Youth sport has become increasingly complex, and we often see that complexity mishandled by well-meaning coaches, parents, refs, and administrators in ways that subvert health and happiness. Fortunately, the sport sciences, including sport psychology, have proliferated from the professional and elite ranks and may be of great service.*
|Help them be happier & more successful
Help them handle setbacks & losses better
Better balance my life & their activities
Find the right number of activities for them
|Become more, or less, involved in their pursuits
Help them develop esteem through sport
Improve communication with them or coaches
Find a balance between sports & academics
| US |
Our collaboration always begins with your specific short- and long-term goals, interests, and circumstances. Whether the adults or the youth become the client, the skills and growth internalized in collaboration may continue to enrich their lives well beyond our original objectives years, even decades, after we’ve concluded. Such far-reaching developmental complexities and benefits make it easier to see why, for example, the NCAA holds “Youth Education through Sports” clinics at approximately 20 National Championship sites each year.
One of the best questions parents can ask in almost any youth sport scenario is, “Whose needs are really being met by this action?” If the answer isn’t, “The child,” then maybe a new direction is necessary (see the Reflect.Learn.Evolve Blog). Purposeful collaboration (e.g., individual, group, league training) can air concerns, sort conflicts, and provide valuable skills to help regroup parents, coaches, and child-athletes at various ages and skill levels to achieve the aforementioned goals* (see “recent client benefits” on the Examples | Partners page).
| ACTION |
To learn more about the youth sport environment and how you may enhance your role in it, checkout an article I wrote for Swim Bike Run St. Louis, Raising healthy child athletes: The “good-enough” coach and parent (includes embedded web links, bookmarks, and my own personal voice introduction). For convenient alerts and ongoing benefits (e.g., tips, research findings, surveys, event alerts, and more), be sure to join the AllWorld.Newsletter (email) and the AllWorld.ActionWire (text message). Further yet, you can skillfully use articles and books (see the Reading Lists page) to open dialogue with coaches, league organizers, other parents, and child-athletes about interests and concerns: “So Jane, I was reading this article about ___ and it said ___. What do you think about that?” You get the idea.
You can also save time by contacting me directly to explore how we may specifically meet your needs as a parent or the needs of your kids, coaches, league, or junior elite program – good collaboration planning doesn’t occur in isolation.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself, regardless if we have a good fit and work together:
|Is there a limited window for my (or my child’s) goals and opportunities?
What may success, or my best effort, be worth now and in the future to me? To my family?
What if I do nothing?
Is funding available now that will disappear if not used?
May there be a particular duration to the benefits in contrast to the initial costs?
Why not me?
* Andersen, M. B., & Mannion, J. (2011). If you meet the Buddha on the football field - tackle him! In D. Gilbourne & M. B. Andersen (Eds.), Critical essays in sport psychology. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
* Gardner, F. L., & Moore, Z. E. (2004). A mindfulness-acceptance-commitment-based approach to athletic performance enhancement: Theoretical considerations. Behavior Therapy, 35, 707-723.
* Leblanc, J. (1997). Straight talk about children and sport: Advice for parents, coaches, and teachers. New York: Mosaic.