1. Make sure your children know that win or lose, you appreciate their efforts and are not disappointed in them.
    2. Be honest about your child's athletic capability, competitive attitude, sportsmanship and actual skill level.
    3. Be helpful—but don't coach them. It is tough not to, but it is tougher for the child to be inundated with advice, pep talks and critical instruction.
    4. Try not to live your athletic life through your children in a way that creates pressure. Don't pressure them because of your lost pride.
    5. Don't compete with the coach.
    6. Don't compare the skills, courage, or attitudes of your child with other team members.
    7. Get to know the coach so you can be assured the philosophy, attitudes, ethics and knowledge are such that you are happy to have your child under his or her leadership.
    8. Always remember that children tend to exaggerate, both when praised and when criticized. Temper your reaction and invest gate before overreacting.
    9. Understand courage, and that it is relative. Explain that courage is not the absence of fear, but a means of doing something in spite of fear or discomfort.
    10. Always remember "It's just a game" and encourage your child to have fun.