Joe Girardi shares what the focus of youth sports should really be about and how parents should act at a game. (Click image for video).
Girardi: Hi, I’m Joe Girardi of the New York Yankees. Here are some of my thoughts on youth sports on MikeMatheny.com.
I’m fortunate enough to be the manager of the New York Yankees – a historic franchise – a franchise with so much tradition.
But I also have children, and youth sports is extremely important to me. And some advice that I might have for the coaches – because I do coach my son and other kids – is: It’s about the kids.
It’s not about the wins and losses (at an early age). It is about teaching them how to play the game and how to love the game. And it’s not whether you win or lose, and it’s not a number on your record…it’s if the kids want to come back the next day, the next week, and the next year.
Q: How should parents act at a game?
Girardi: I think it is real simple for how you should behave at a game. Act like you’d want your kids to act in school. It’s really simple. You have to think about what your actions are.
I think sometimes parents get so involved and they get so concerned with winning and losing at such a young age – and how their kids are doing – that they lose focus on what it’s all about.
Sports is a team thing – it’s about the team and how they play together. And I think if you can act like you’d want your kids to act at school…the stands will be a much better place.