Dear Sports Parent,
Your kid will not turn pro. Your kid will be very fortunate to even get an opportunity to play in college.
The numbers do not lie.
- Baseball: 11.6% of college players play professionally, 0.6% of high school players do.
- Football: 1.7% of college players play professionally, 0.08% of high school players do.
- Men’s basketball: 1.2% of college players play professionally, 0.03% of high school players do.
…And for women, the numbers are just as bad, or even worse.
- Women’s basketball: 0.9% of college players play professionally, 0.03% of high school players do.
(Numbers from Business Insider. They note these numbers may be a little low since they include only professional opportunities in the United State, but as they say, “But either way, the chances are really, really small.)
I will gladly eat crow if your particular child overcomes the statistics. I will gladly celebrate a kid who has the drive and tenacity, perseverance and discipline, to do what it takes all day, every day to make the above scenarios come true.
Who wouldn’t want to see it?
No matter, follow this advice on being a sports parent Coach Paul Lane put into our team handbook for the football parents. He is a wise man.
- Be your child’s biggest fan.
- They don’t need you as a personal trainer.
- They don’t need you as a personal coach.
- They don’t need you as their agent.
- They need you to be their biggest fan.
Do these things because they are your kid and they need your support. It needs to be all about them, not about you.
Show them the joy of playing sports.
Share with them the joy of sports.
Show them an appreciation for hard work.
Show them you appreciate their team work.
This parent/child relationship is the most important (and most undervalued) relationship in sports.
Be your kid’s biggest fan. Please.