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Responsible Sport Parenting

Guide to Responsible Sport Parenting


At Liberty Mutual Insurance, we believe kids can learn valuable life lessons when Responsible Sport Parents come together with Responsible Coaches to foster environments that promote and display responsibility.

We’ve partnered with the youth sports experts from Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) to create this Guide to provide resources, advice, tools and tips to help you – the youth sport parent – help your child get the most out of their youth sports experience.

In the following pages, you’ll learn more about how to help your child set goals for the season, how to foster a Mastery Approach rather than a focus on winning and losing, how to fill your athlete’s Emotional Tanks (even in tough situations) and how to teach your athletes to Honor The Game and represent the best of sportsmanship.



  • Sam Fischer | Reflect and Improve

    USA Softball's Sam Fischer shares memories of discussing her performance with her dad following a game. She remembers the conversations to be positive, "if I had a bad game, my dad or my mom were never like 'you did this wrong' it was always 'what could you have done better?" She continues to apply that philosophy as a professional.

  • Kyle Dake | Parents

    Following a successful collegiate career, Kyle Dake finished third in the 2012 trials and just missed the US Olympic team. Kyle has his sights set on the 2016 Olympic Games and attributes his determination to his parents. He recalls telling his dad that he "didn't want to play baseball anymore", but his dad made him honor his commitment and finish the season. This "set the tone" for the rest of Kyle's life.

  • Les Gutches | Wrestling For Myself

    USA Wrestling's Director of Programs & Strategy, and 1997 FILA Wrestling World Champion Gold Medal winner, Les Gutches shares the story of how he started "wrestling for himself" instead of participating in sports for the sake of participating. Find out how Les's parents aided in his decision in this Responsible Sports Video.

  • Heather Petri | Be Confident

    In this episode, Tina Syer, Chief Impact Officer of Positive Alliance steps in for Jim and talks with Heather Petri, four-time USA Water Polo Olympian. Heather shares how she transitioned from swimming to water polo and why she did not specialize in just one sport growing up. She also talks about her coaches, including Don Heidary, and how they contributed to her success. Lastly, Heather reflects on her Olympic experience and how she achieved four medals, including a 2012 gold.

  • Keith Yandle | The Golden Rule

    In this podcast, Tina Syer, Chief Impact Officer of Positive Coaching Alliance, steps in for Jim and talks with Keith Yandle, USA Hockey Olympic hopeful. Keith talks about how he developed from being a somewhat reckless youth player into a controlled professional. He also explains why he chose to pursue professional hockey over going to college and reveals his other favorite playing position as a kid.

  • Cody Bickley | Understand Your Weakness

    In this episode, Tina Syer, Chief Impact Officer of Positive Alliance, steps in for Jim and talks with Cody Bickley, recent Manager of Coaches Education for USA Wresting. Cody shares how it was to grow up with a father who was a wrestling coach and the relationship they shared. He also talks about how to get started in wrestling, along with what to look for in a good coach. Lastly, he discusses the Coaches Education program at USA Wrestling and some of their core principles. He also shares his advice for new and veteran wrestling coaches.

  • The Parent-Coach Relationship by Coach Candrea

    Amateur Softball Association's Coach Candrea discusses what parents and coaches should expect of one another in providing the best possible youth sporting experience for their child.

  • The Sport Parent by Coach Candrea

    A very popular question today by youth coaches is “How can we educate parents on being a positive sport parent?” Amateur Softball Association's Coach Candrea weighs in.

  • Choices

    Competitive excellence can mean different things to different people, although the foundation is nothing more than making the right choices.

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