With 2 boys playing lots of sports, I have a lot of interaction with a lot of parents.  I am engaged in casual sports related conversations on an almost daily basis.  We discuss the sport, the plays, the kids, the other teams and the coaches.  We ask a lot of questions- where can our children improve?  How can we support them more?  Are they playing fair?  Are they playing safe?  And a big one-  How can my kid get faster?  What do we do to help our kids become faster?  We know that speed is important in all sports.  Football, baseball, lacrosse, soccer, hockey, basketball, track, etc.  So how do we help our kids become faster?

The problem, most kids are not really thrilled to take any more commands from their parents.  I can teach my boys to be faster, drill them, work them out, show them what to do and how to do it.  But I am still mom.  It still feels like I am nagging them to do something.  They won’t have fun, they won’t put effort into it and they really won’t get anything out of it.   Now, if their coaches drill them, they will put effort into it.  They have their teammates to compete with, they listen to their coaches, they absorb the information and they follow orders.  Unfortunately the coaches are usually volunteers who have their own families and can not come home with each player daily to train them in speed.  That would be awesome, but it’s not realistic.  Once they leave the field, the court, the ice or the gym, they are left with us.  For the disgruntled parent who wants to help, here are a few tips to try at home.

1-Get Their Friends Involved.  If you have a healthy, safe and effective plan to help your child become faster, involve some of their friends or their teammates.  This will make it fun, which will keep their attention,  and competitive, which will encourage them to try harder.

2-Change the Scenery.  Take the workout somewhere outside the house.  Try a park, try the field they practice on, try the gym or the beach.  Getting out of the home environment will eliminate the comfortable, easy feeling and induce alertness, excitement and energy.

3-Offer incentives. I can not tell a lie. This may or may not work. Some kids respond well to this and others don’t.  Use sports related incentives, help them understand the benefits of becoming faster, what good will come from it for your child as an individual and as part of a team and what it will mean for the future,

4-Hire a coach, When all else fails hire a local professional to help!  Also, there are lots of speed and agility for classes for young athletes these days.

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