DEALING WITH DISAPPOINTMENT DURING CORONAVIRUS CANCELLATIONS, POSTPONEMENTS
The recent cancellations of playoffs, championships, games, tournaments, and meets at every level are disappointing, but I also am aware they are necessary to prevent further spread of disease. While cancellations and precautionary measures continue, how can I (as an athletic director, coach, or parent) talk to my athlete about this disappointment?
Positive Coaching Alliance’s Response
Coronavirus has already made a massive impact on the world of professional sports, canceling nearly every major sporting event for the next 30 days, or at the very least, disallowing fans from attending. While it is a disappointment for all involved, it is especially devastating for all the student-athletes who were forced to end their season prematurely. The sacrifices they will make during this crisis ask them to draw on the very lessons they’ve learned through sports: to be resilient, have a growth mindset and become leaders in and out of sports.