Elmwood Park, St. Vincent Ferrer seminar helps parents support athletic kids

The Elmwood Park Parks and Recreation Department and St. Vincent Ferrer Parish School want to help coaches and parents learn the right way to approach youth sports.

Together, they’ve scheduled a positive coaching alliance seminar at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at the school, 1515 N. Lathrop Ave. in River Forest, to help keep adults from losing sight of the values of youth sports.

Alan Schmidt, director of Elmwood Park Parks and Recreation Department, said the seminar was organized for parents, coaches and the athletes because sometimes the people involved or spectators lose sight of what team athletic competition is all about.

He hopes the seminar will help restore perspective.

“It teaches you how to win,” he said.

Schmidt isn’t talking about winning the most games or winning at all costs, but doing it the right way.

“It’s about winning with character. That’s what sports is all about,” he said.

The two-hour seminar will cover issues dealing with how coaches should use their positions as a teaching tool to instill in young players the concept of respecting opponents and honoring whatever game they are playing. Issues of proper conduct by spectators and parents of competing athletes will also be broached.

Schmidt said it doesn’t happen often, but sometimes parents get a bit out of line when something they don’t like happens during a sporting event.

“[Sports competition] promotes building character and enjoying sports,” he said. “Winning is not the most important thing. The hope is to make kids better, better parents and better coaches.”

For more information on the seminar, call 708-452-3935.

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