Positive Coaching Alliance: The importance of filling your child’s emotional tank

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Positive Coaching Alliance: The importance of filling your child’s emotional tank

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the Development Zone of Positive Coaching Alliance. US Club Soccer is proud to welcome Positive Coaching Alliance to its members, specifically related to Players First. Positive Coaching Alliance is helping to advance the Players First pillars of Coaching EducationParent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety.

Athletes perform best when they receive their parents’ unconditional support and genuine praise. Positive Coaching Alliance calls that “filling emotional tanks.” Like the gas tank of a car, an emotional tank that’s full can take people a long way, but on an empty tank we go nowhere. Parents can fill their children’s emotional tanks with truthful, specific praise, encouragement and positivity. 

Research shows that the optimal ratio of tank-fillers to criticisms is 5 to 1. To become a Positive Coaching Alliance Second-Goal Parent® and learn more about how to ensure your child has the best youth sports experience, please check out these online courses.

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