Let 'em fail,but encourage him to get right back up there.A child cannot be forced to succeed,but can learn determination wich will help later in life.
Priceless, I was waiting for someone to say this
As it relates to becoming competitive, I had a guy I coached with his son was a below average player. Mine in light of the competition at the time was above average, There was try outs for a select time to go around and play other select teams from within the state, While at the try outs I was a bit surprised to see the coach I had coached with on the ice. After the first try out he comes up to me and says your son made the team, care to be an assistant ?
Now I know my son deserved to be on the team, What bothered me was the fact that this guy has some In's with the higher ups of the league and managed to wiggle his way in to get his son a spot on the team that he clearly had no business being on...
This kid has gone on to change various schools and leagues so that he would make a team all due to his father having money and basically getting onto teams he didn't belong on. I see the kid now and he has NO direction in life,,
I look at my son and not just because the fact that he is my son but has managed to provide quite a bit for himself by becoming the best player he can be , by working hard on and off the ice. I have always told him that regardless of how good you think you are there is always someone better out there then you, If you want to be the best player you can be you have to play against the best players possible.
Now with that said, I told him that education must and will come first,, I m proud and happy to say he just got his results from his SAT scores. 740 out of a possible 800 in Math and a 700 out of a possible 800 in English ( he gets his brains from his mother) But what I truly feel is that he has worked hard in all aspects of life due to his knowing that his hard work will pay off. May not always be #1 but if you shoot for it you get pretty close.