The success or not of a season can be evaluated based on several factors, many of which vary depending on whom you ask.
There’s no denying that the number of wins a team has is the first objective statistic that coaches, parents and players often consider when declaring if the season was a successful one.
From a parent’s perspective, here is how I make the determination.
Did my child have fun?
Because if not, he might decide never to play the sport again. Even if the team went undefeated, I’d say the season was a failure if he didn’t have fun. His unhappiness might have stemmed from many reasons, maybe even some that were his own fault. The bottom line is if he didn’t enjoy the season, it might have been his last. If he had fun – it won’t be.
Did my child improve?
A player’s improvement might relate to the physical, mental or social aspects of playing the sport and being part of a team. Did their skills improve? How about their sportsmanship with both teammates and opponents? And lastly, how did they outwardly react when they dropped a pass or missed a tackle. A positive answer to any of these elements might result in declaring it a successful season.