6 Ways To Help Your Child Get Ready For Interhouse Sports Games
Schools are going into their second term which means it's time for interhouse sports games. Here are ways to get your child ready for sports day.
If you schooled in Nigeria, you probably have fond memories of interhouse sports games. It was such an exciting time with houses competing for the school cup. In short, it gave your house solid bragging rights. Those who did not participate in sports were usually cheerleaders, composing poems that declare the might of your house. No jokes, it felt like Game of Thrones. Schools are currently going into the second term which is usually the term for interhouse sports games. So, you need to prepare your child.
How to prepare your child for interhouse sports games
Because there’s a chance of winning and losing, sports games are just like most things in life. Your child needs your help in preparing before the game, your support during the game, and your encouragement if things don’t go well.
- Help with practice
Like many things in life, sports need constant practice and training. The more you practice properly, the better you become, and with less practice comes steady decline. Whether your child plays football for his or her house in school or basketball, handball or baseball, gymnastics or indoor games, he or she must practice. Your job as a parent is to encourage and accompany your child to practice before the start of the second term. However, what isn’t part of your job description is to keep making statements that bring doubt. Please, no questions like “Is this how you’re going to win at the interhouse sports?”
- Encourage what works
If you’re an attentive parent, you’ll notice that there’s something your child does better or is more comfortable doing. Look for ways to make your child better at that thing and encourage him or her to keep doing it. Then from there, you can start challenging him or her to try out those things they’re not comfortable doing. Avoid using threats to challenge. Which means you should not use statements like: “You’re no good unless you know how to do this.” Instead, say something like: “Try this out—I think you can do it.”
Help your child understand how to deal with failure
It’s a common behaviour in young athletes to focus so much on the results instead of the process. As you’re helping your child practice, help them understand that failure is a platform to build on. The fear of failure or humiliation causes children to not want to put themselves out there. And as your child looks to partake in the interhouse sports, help him or her understand that it’s okay to fail. You can’t learn to walk without falling, neither can you fly without mastering the art of walking first. Tell them that as they learn to walk, each fall teaches them something new.
Be sure the child is properly fueled
Nutrition is important in sports because it helps with agility and strength to play. If your child is going off to boarding school, make sure you buy the kind of food that makes up a balanced diet. Also buy cereals, provisions, and other light food that can easily be taken before a game. But if the child goes to school from home, don’t let him or her rush out the door without eating. Another very important thing is to encourage your child to drink water not just an hour before the game but all the time.
- Help with last-minute preparations
For a child going away to boarding school, make sure you purchase all the necessary sports equipment, even the ones that may not be readily used. But if the child is in a day school, make sure you have all equipment together the night before each game. This way your child won’t be running around in a panic looking for his or her equipment before the game. Panic reduces the chances of a good performance.
- Be in the stands to support
Being in the stands to support means you’re there only as a supporter and not the coach. The most important thing is for your child to know and feel your absolute support. You can communicate your support by saying something like “I love watching you play.” Or even high-fiving them just before they get on the field of play. Also, let them know that your love is unconditional whether they lose or win the game. All of these things don’t take away the possibility of losing, but it means your child can play better knowing that you’ll be there whatever happens.
Items They Need For Sports
Here are items to ensure they have:
- Fitting sportswear.
- Comfortable sports shoes
- Handkerchief or Small towel
- At least 3 pair of socks
- Water bottle
The above habits will help your child perform better in each game. Just keep getting them to trust in the process and this will lay the foundation for the results to eventually follow.
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