Anybody who has a youngster who plays sports knows full well that - sometimes - we say unfortunate things to our kids that we regret.
Occasionally, sports parents and coaches will chalk up these unwanted comments to "the heat of the athletic battle" or come up with some other excuse when they say something that makes their child wince.
Wouldn't it be great if there were a roadmap of what the WORST THINGS are, so that parents and coaches could familiarize themselves with this area, and then work hard to prevent making these awful comments in the future?
Here, then, for the first time ever is a quick primer for all sports parents and coaches of what NOT to say.
Compiled by Rick Wolff, one of the nation's leading experts in sports psychology and sports parenting, this collection of comments are based upon Wolff's more than 25 years of clinical work and observations.
Take a look and see if any of these comments seem familiar. If yes, now's the time to improve your communication skills with your young athlete.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rick Wolff has written several books and numerous articles on sports parenting issues. He's the long-time host of the highly popular show "The Sports Edge" which is heard weekly on WFAN Sports Radio in New York City. A Harvard graduate and a former professional athlete and coach, Wolff is a sports parent himself. For more information, go to www.askcoachwolff.com.