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Norwalk Warriors Official Publication for the Norwalk Community School District ] Page Eight OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Rodney Martinez, Dean of Students Sports and Sportsmanship Children's sports should be fun, fulfilling and teach good sportsmanship. Sometimes, however, competitive and assertive adults can undermine these goals and ruin the child's experience. The key is to make sure every- one involved is supportive of the child and practices good sportsmanship. Here are some tips: Let children choose. Make sure that your child chooses which sports to try. Parents can unknowingly pressure their children to live up to their athletic dreams or accomplishments. Encourage variety. Getting tOO wrapped up in a single sport at a young age may lead to emotional and physical problems as your children grow. Also, parents who have invested a lot of time and money in one Sport may prevent their children from trying something new. A better idea is to try a variety of sports and see what "clicks" all the while knowing that your child's interests may change. Look for the right fit. Take extra time matching your child with the right team and league. For younger children, focus on leagues that emphasize gaining skills rather than competition. As your child progresses, he or she may want to regis- ter for leagues that are more competitive. The coach is key. Do your homework when it is time to match your child with a coach by talking to other parents and chil- dren. Concentrate on how the coach makes the children feel, how much they are learning and how much fun they are having, instead of on the win-loss record. Keep disappointment to yourself. Every child feels down Wheffhe or she has a bad day on the field or court. Do not let them feel they have disappointed you. Remember that frustrated or disap- pointed children need you toibe understanding and encouraging. Also, try to avoid making negative com- ments or even "helpful criticism" immediately follow- ing an event. Leave a little time so that everyone has a chance to get some perspective. Have the coach talk to parentswho are over-the-top. There is often at least one parent who seems unable to control his or her outbursts during games. Rather than handling it yourself, speak with the coach. Ask him or her to sit down and discuss how the negative actions make other parents and children feel. Tune out game time criticism'. Teach children to tune out criticism while they are playing. Help them develop a mental shield, so that any taunting remarks from the audience bounce right off them. Penalize unsportsmanlike conduct. As in many sports, there is a penalty for unsports- manlike behavior. Make sure your children know that your family has a policy as well. Never allow your chil- dren to get away with name-calling, dirty pla3 cheat- ing, or acting out. Have firm rules in place and enforce them. If the bad behavior persists, pull your child from the team. Finall do not push your child. It would be amazing if your child became an Olympic star or pro- fessional athlete. But remember that the chances of that occurring are slim, even for children who excel at a young age. Encourage their ambition, but understand that the main reasons to get involved in sports are to learn teamwork, have fun, get fit and make friends. He travels fastest who travels alone. -Proverb N/Warren Town and JUNIOR GOLF CAMP RESULTS Norwalk Parks and Rec- reation, along with Rolling Hills Golf Course, recently held the 2013 Junior Golf Camp, June 10-13. Below are the Skills Challenge and Tournament finishers. Also listed are the Special Award Winners. Norwalk Parks and Rec wishes to thank the 20 volunteer coaches and instructors who graciously donated their time and knowledge. Special thanks to City State Bank and Fareway for do- nating treats for all partici- pants. 6-9 YEAR OLDS Skills Challenge Results PUTTING Girls 1st Lily Hughes, 2nd Madison Smith, 3rd Emily Juergens 1st Jaxon Stoulil, 2nd Taylor Henry, 3rd Cole Leggett (won playoff) CHIPPING Girls 1st Noelle Sutcliffe, 2nd Hattie Dukes, 3rd Courtney Snedeker 1st Cole Keller, 2nd Cooper Hastings, 3rd Aus- tin Gear DRIVING Girls 1st Sierra Chittenden, 2nd Kylie Keller, 3rd Hattie Dukes 1st Taylor Henry, 2nd John Judge, 3rd Braeden Carlson Special Awards Most Improved: Lin- coin Legget Best Attitude: Nathan Mundill Best Sportsmanship: Ethan Racz 10-14 YEAR OLDS Tournament Results Girls 1st Taylor Stanle 2nd Madison W, 3rd Megan Haase, 4th Avarie Hilton, T-5th Alexia L, T-5th Ashley Reese 1st Max Sutcliffe, 2nd Morgan Henderson, 3rd Carson Raper, 4th Nathan Lane, 5th Max Juergens Special Awards Most Improved: Blake Chittenden Best Sportsmanship: Carson Raper County News Thursday, June 27, 2013 | q SCHOOL AND SPORTS PAGES b SPONSORED BY: *WENDY BORST MASSAGE, LMT 240-1075 *COMMUNITY BANK 285-4900 *FOUR SEASONS AUTO WASH 981-4454 *DR. 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