Parenting With Athlete Types

The TAP assessment offers obvious benefits for athletes and coaches. It can help athletes with personal insight and self improvement, and it can help coaches know how to deal with certain kinds of players on their team.

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Aside from coaches and athletes, the results from the TAP can be a very beneficial tool for the parents of athletes.

“The Athlete Type report helps parents see how their child compares to other athletes. It identifies their child’s athlete type and the common characteristics displayed by a particular type,” reads the white paper from The Right Profile.

The Athlete Type report can be used as a tool by coaches and players to help on the field, but also, and possibly more importantly, it can be used by athletes in conjunction with their parents off of the field as well.

The results you get from your child’s TAP assessment will offer you tips covering a range of ways to help when parenting in different situations. 

The TAP parent report provides information on topics including things like how to praise your child, how you can relate better to your child, how to motivate your child, and so much more.

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For example, if your child is a Maverick, they are more than likely someone who has trouble being sloppy with details. So, the parent report suggests that when you praise a child who is a Maverick you should: “Praise things like punctuality or attention to detail as these do not come natural to them.”

There are many ways information like this can be beneficial to parents. Let’s say your child takes the TAP and it reveals they are an Ice athlete. They come home from school after failing a test in a class they are struggling in. The parent report would suggest a good way to handle this situation would be to go easy on them, because Ice athletes are usually their own harshest critic, but to be aware that when an Ice experiences failure, they may take it personally and could feel some damage to their self worth. 

A lot of parents will likely have reservations about how much more a test can tell them about their children that they wouldn’t already know. What ends up surprising parents is just how accurate the results of the TAP truly are.

As a parent, you can use the results of your child’s TAP assessment to build their confidence by showing them which prominent professional athletes share their Athlete Type, sharing some of their general positive and negative personal traits.

Not only that, there are helpful tips for parenting every type of Athlete type:

Ice: This type tends to bottle up their emotions. Try to get them to open up when something is bothering them  and talk it through gently and logically with them. Rocket: The Rocket wants to be involved in many activities.  Make sure they don’t get stretched too far.
Trailblazer: To connect with this type, inject some realistic, practical and pragmatic points into the conversation. Maverick: Try to develop and reinforce the attitude that actions taken today will have an impact on the future and the idea of delayed gratification.


Eagle: The Eagle type tries hard to please others, especially parents. Remember to fill this type’s emotional tank periodically with praise for doing well. Musketeer: This type enjoys social activities and wants to help others. They will thrive playing team sports and being involved in the community.
Knight: This type sees things as cut and dried, black and white. Help him deal with those gray areas of life. Engineer:  Strive to be a role model for handling emotions like anger, disappointment, etc. More than anything, this type needs reassurance and consistency.


If you are interested in more of what the TAP assessment can do for you and your athlete, have them take it!

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2018-02-22T15:47:57+00:00 Athlete, College, High School, Parents|