Dear Sports Parent:
My name is Joan and I am the mother of an athletic daughter
, Mary, who loves playing sports.
I encouraged her to play sports from an early age, for all the reasons we love sports: to have fun, be part of a team, build strength and skills, learn discipline, commitment, good sportsmanship and leadership.
What I didn’t anticipate happening was she would get so nervous and worried before her games, she would literally throw up.
Mary is a gifted softball player and pushes herself hard. She is one of the kids who seems to really enjoy the workouts and she practiced and drilled everything her coach taught her without being forced.
She was the top hitter on the team and all the other girls, as well as the coach, looked to her to score the home run.
Her anxiety would show up the day before a game. She could barely eat, grunted responses when anyone in the family tried to talk to her and getting to sleep was always a struggle.
The day of, she would pace back and forth until it was time to leave and on the drive over she would bite her nails and not say a word.
Once we got to the stadium, she would run to the bathroom and sometimes throw up before stepping on the field. As this continued, it affected her performance.
Don’t let this happen to your child!
Her coach had a talk with me and warned that if Mary did not “get over” her fears she would lose her starting position.
She was devastated.
And so was I…