Sports with Newport Parks and Recreation
The Newport Parks and Recreation Department offers opportunities for people young and old to participate in a wide variety of sporting activities. You can enter one of our competitive leagues or simply come during our drop-in times to enjoy playing your favorite sport in our fantastic facility.
Be a Volunteer!
We are always looking for volunteers! There are lots of ways you can help out: coaching, score keeping, refereeing and more. If you are interested in helping the youth of Newport by being a volunteer with the Parks and Recreation Department, please contact the Sports Coordinator at the Newport Recreation Center.
Positive Parenting in Youth Sports
Your child already plays a sport. How do you help and improve their experience? First and foremost, keep a proper perspective and continue to support them in THEIR endeavor. This is their experience, they should own it not you.
Before the Event:
Speak greatness into your child. Tell them you are proud of them regardless of the outcome and have them focus on their attitude and effort!
Do not set expectations of a number of hits, points scored, touchdowns or sacks of any kind. If you do this, and your child doesn't reach them, the child will feel like he hasn't succeeded. Goals are great, but they should be with effort and attitude. The numbers will come if the effort and attitude are there! Tell them to play hard and to have fun!
During the Event:
Understand your role. You are not a coach, you are a fan! Let the coaches do the coaching!
Have fun and enjoy the experience with the other parents. A positive influence can make a difference with the other parents regardless of the outcome! Realize your child will be watching and listening to you, even if you don't see them doing so.
Do not criticize the officials for making improper calls. Remember the level of play you are watching, and realize the officials are typically at the same level. They are usually younger people doing something they enjoy and are learning just like your child. Most importantly you have no control over the official and if you belittle, taunt or antagonize the official you are not setting a very good example for your child, or helping your child's team!
After the Event: (This is the most important part!)
If you start the conversation, the first thing you say MUST be positive! Say something like "even though you guys lost, I thought the effort was good" or "you did great on that one play, when you ....."
Tell them this....I LOVE TO WATCH YOU PLAY! That statement alone will make your child feel good about their experience win or lose.
While the youth sports experience is a wonderful thing to share with your children, many parents get overly involved. This is likely because they missed out on their own youth sports experiences, or because their high expectations cause them to be invasive and, therefore, skew the experience for their own child. Keep a proper perspective.
Just as your child will learn a lot along the way, so will you. The best thing to do is with your new knowledge (based in experience) is to direct it towards your child in a positive manner. Positive influence is very, very powerful – and it empowers them to do their best.
Newport Parks and Recreation - Sports - (541)-574-5453