Don't drop this ball: the plight of the totally uncoordinated sports parent

  • Article by: MELISSA RAYWORTH , Associated Press
  • Updated: October 1, 2013 - 10:17 AM

Decades have passed. But Rich Cooper still vividly remembers standing on a baseball field as a kid, silently praying the ball wouldn't come anywhere near him.

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UMD1983Oct. 1, 1312:30 PM

When your kid asks you to go play catch, you just do it. You might be a former star, or an absolute athletic dud, but the important thing is that you cared enough to get out there and play with them. If you really literally can't get the ball there, throw underhand. What your son or daughter will remember years down the road is that you put your self doubt aside, and you got out there and gave it your best, which is exactly what we're supposed to be teaching these kids in the first place.

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kennyrogersOct. 1, 13 9:31 PM

And a little criticism doesn't hurt either. That's called tough love, something that is sorely lacking in today's society because of things like single parent families and workaholic parents in love with the almighty dollar. Most important though, failure and realizing others are better are all good things to experience and are motivational. That's how you learn!

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