4 Life Lessons Learned from Being Cut from the Team
1) Failure is feedback
Sometimes kids think they are better than they really are. Failure is feedback. Many kids who get cut from a team are inspired to work hard all year and return the next year stronger and better. Tell your athlete not to give up—help them see this failure as feedback that they need to work harder to achieve their goals.
2) Dealing with disappointment
Teach your athlete how to bounce back from disappointment in the sports world so when they face disappointment in life they know they can fight through it. They need to learn that it is their choice to recover.
3) Closed doors force us to open new ones
Help your athlete learn how to find new doors to open to get to that goal. If they love the sport enough they will welcome other playing opportunities, such as lessons, a different league, or camps.
4) Teach your child how to fight
Teach your child how to speak for themselves. If they really want to know why they got cut, encourage them to ask the coach what they need to do to improve. Empower them to stand up for themselves.
I am a parent of three boys, and I understand that it is hard to watch our kids get cut from a team. Sometimes I think it is harder for the parents than for the athlete. We are protective and want to make everything better for our kids, but that is not how they will grow to become high-performing humans. Show them your love and support by teaching them how to learn from this experience.
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