Yes, this archery parent played Pitfall in her youth. In fact, my sister broke the 10,000 points mark and a photo was taken with her and the score. A Polaroid camera, of course, was used. Now that has not one thing to do about archery, other than it fits the blog title. First, there is no former training, unless a college child phycology course counts. The education is parenting and being involved st a sports parent for 18 years. There are many pitfalls that cross all sports that can lead to traps and falls. Archery is a very unique sport, so it quickly complicates and can muddy water for the archer.
These are areas that personally this parent has crawled in and out of or witnessed on the fields.
Over Protecting/Involved Parent
GUILTY. It definitely helps that the archer is the youngest child. Experience as a football team mom, travel ball team board member…Stepped into a few situations that are regretful. A young momma lion is not always easily tamed. There are lines that need to be protected. In archery, that line is the competitors’ area line…try to handle situations like you are observing the situation. In the middle of the competition, all emotions are high and things can escalate quickly. Trying to ensure the archer is shooting and focusing on the target is the main goal.
Over Coaching Parent
These parents just want to help. This parent gets it, once again guilty. There are numerous times that this parent offered baseball tips that were yelled towards the batter’s box. Archery is a quiet game, it takes little to be seen and heard by the archers. There is not supposed to be talking on the line…okay, well this is not always followed by the young. The young archers should be taught to focus on the target. Constant coaching and suggestions are hard on the archers during competition. Yes, this archery parent has competed in sports, including archery. Being coached during the shot is not helpful.
“Soccer” Type Parent
Guilty, again! Archery can’t handle soccer parents. Archery is a quiet sport. Think golf. Soccer is a fast game, adrenaline is needed to keep the game moving fast. Archery, it is the opposite. Pacing and fidgeting are not helpful. Find your zen.
My Child is Amazing Parent
Hoping to not be too guilty of this syndrome. It is hard not to want to talk about our archer and accomplishments, however, not needed. Let the archer’s actions on the field say all that needs to be said. This parent tries to stay humble and thankful in the good and bad.
No one works harder than “my” Archer Parent
Let this be said…THERE IS ALWAYS an archer that is working harder. There is always an archer that is hungrier.
This is the parent that uses muscle with words to try to motivate. It has been heard by a couple parents on the field the archer better get it together or they are done. That they did not come here for the archer to lose. Or the cuss words that can fly when the archer is not performing perfectly or the arrow did not hit the center. The finger shaking, huffy puffy parent to the archer. There are times to motivate! There are times to shake a finger, but not at an arrow or mistake on the line.
An archery parent can ABSOLUTELY destroy a young archers career. It has been heard many times that archery parents are the worse, by those in the business of archery. If we become the tar pits, crocodiles or scorpions in the archers’ path, the journey will be much harder. No one should have to use a rope to swing over a parent as an obstacle.
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