Thou Shall Find Something Positive From Each Game Or Practice

Thou Shall Find Something Positive From Each Game Or Practice

The Sixth Commandment for Christian Baseball Parent

Thou Shall Find Something Positive From Each Game Or Practice

Did you know that it takes 13 positive statements to offset one negative statement? Too often with our players we tend to dwell on the things they have done wrong in the game instead of finding the things they have done well. That is why it is so important for us as parents to find that positive from each game or practice we attend. We need to be building up our players instead of tearing them down. How many of us have been guilty of not finding something good to point out to our player and finding fault in their play or actions?

In looking for that positive with each baseball experience, do not just look to the actual playing of the game. Your player may excel in a game in cheering for his teammates or even by getting a simple cup of water for a coach, player, or umpire. Reinforce the things you see that build character such as good sportsmanship and service to others. Also do not neglect the actual playing of the game or practice time. If you see improvement in an area you have been working with your player to improve (see last month’s article) be sure to point that out to your player. If you see hustle and a great attitude on the field, praise them! We always can control our hustle and attitude as we play the game.

Jesus was always quick to praise those that did good things. In Mark 12:41-44, Jesus points out the faith of the widow who gave everything she had. Jesus also praises the faith of the Roman Centurion in Luke 7:1-10. May we take time today to become parents who find the positive from each game or practice that we attend and are quick, just like our Lord, to point out the good!

When we take the time to encourage and be positive with our players, we can help them to reach their potential to be the best players possible. Even more importantly, we help them to reach their potential to be the best person they can be in life! Make those positive lists and share them each game or practice with your player and watch them light up as you do so! Blessings!!

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