Were you concerned that you were going to be featured on this page as a result of some of your behavior at a match, competition, practice or event? Well, you are saved from public viewing of your behavior for now, but we do reserve the right to post video of unacceptable behavior later.
Actually, the goal of this page it to make sure we do not have any behavior that would qualify for a Parent Hall of Shame.
As a youth organization promoting leadership, respect and responsibility, we expect our student-athletes to be exemplary on and off the field, and our parents to be exemplary fans and examples. We have all seen examples of parents behaving badly at events and even sometimes as competitors themselves (shocking, I know)! Maybe it has been a parent getting on their child, a referee, a puller/trapper, a coach or even another parent. Maybe it has been two opposing coaches in a disagreement. Whatever it has been we can all agree that it is unacceptable and more importantly it is an extremely bad example for our youth and what we want them to see and be!
Our sport is no different than all of the other sports, where kids are dedicated to practice, committed to teammates and self-dedication. Also, parents sacrifice time, money and are so dedicated to supporting their kids in reaching their dreams, whether they be- Team USA- Olympics or maybe just the High School team or onto a Collegiate Team. It doesn’t take much negativity to spoil the value of dedication with our dedication and well-meaning parental advice. Join us on focusing on the words from an article listed below, “hundreds of college athletes were asked what their parents said that made them feel great, that amplified their joy during and after a ballgame. Their overwhelming response: ‘I love to watch you play.’ There it is—the truth from athletes who grew up to become college and professional athletes! Whether this is your child’s first tournament or their 4th State Championship- parents listen to those who have made it.
Part of our mission is to teach our youth to become good Americans and leaders. We take pride in having good, well-run tournaments, that our youth love coming too. We are all human and all fall short time and time again, but together we can create an atmosphere where we support our athletes, our coaches and each other.
We have put this page together as a reminder of what poor behavior looks like, how it can harm our children and how we can prevent it. The goal is to help us as parents be more conscious of the impact we have on our child’s passion and desire to play a game, a sport they love. The impact can be overwhelmly positive or negative. We are familiar with both and want our athletes to have every chance possible to thrive. We also want them to develop into coaches, spouses and parents that draw from healthy experiences. YTF’s mission is to promote and protect youth shooting sports and we want these kids to love this and come back!
Have you ever asked yourself what if the roles were reversed? What if it was our kids who were looking over your shoulders critiquing your every move. Take a look at these two videos to see what that might look like. Click here and here.
As parents, part of our jobs is to be our child’s biggest fan, but take a look at these Public Service Announcements to see how that can go a little too far sometimes.
PSA 1 - "Relax, It's Just a Game - Potato Sack Race"
PSA 2 - "Relax, It's Just a Game - Pin the Tail on the Donkey"
PSA 3- "Relax, It's Just a Game - Hide 'n go Seek"
We want the best for our children and that often includes the opportunity to compete on the college level. YTF had several athletes move on last year to compete on a collegiate level. While we anticipate that several more YTF athletes will have the opportunity to move on and compete on a collegiate level, the percentages in our sport are not typical.
This chart from the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) shows just how few high school athletes go on to play in other college sports.
We have found several articles to help parents assess their behavior as a supportive parent of an athlete. While most of these are geared for mainstream sports, they apply to any and all sports that our youth participate in .
Please take a few minutes to look over these videos and documents. There is also a self-assessment so that you can see how likely you are to wind up in a parents behaving badly video on youtube.
The Role of Parents in Sports
Top 10 Parenting Do’s For Shooting Sports Parents
Acceptable Behavior Parent/Athlete and Etiquette