What do you do with all your coaching questions at the end of the season?

The winter sports season has ended.  How did it go for your child?

Perhaps you are happy with the results. You saw progress in your kid’s play. You were pleased with the coach. The team felt good about their season.

Or maybe not.

You might be breathing a sigh of relief that the season is finally over.  You might feel angry or frustrated at the way the season ended for your athlete.

Do you have a whole bunch of questions that you’d  like to fire at the coach right now?

Why did you continually play a player who consistently turned the ball over 5-10 times a game while better ball-caretakers sat on the bench?

Why did you lead my child on with pre-season promises of how he would be point guard and instead drastically cut his playing time from the year before?

Why did you reward a player with a bad attitude by letting her get lots of playing time? And why did you make her a captain?

Why did you not cut anyone from the team? Didn’t you realize that would leave many frustrated bodies sitting the bench?

Why do you put up with mistakes from some players and not others?

What should sports parents do with all their questions?

A. Make an appointment with the coach and bring your list.

B. Make an appointment with the principle or athletic administrator and bring your list.

C. Start a movement to have the coach fired.

D. Forget about it and move on to the next season.

E. Rehash the season with your child to try to figure out some answers.

F. Warn upcoming players about the coach.

G. None of the above. It’s too late. You should have confronted the coach during the season every time you had a question.

I’d like to hear from  you….what answer would you choose?

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4 Responses to “What do you do with all your coaching questions at the end of the season?”

  1. A. Make an appointment with the coach and bring your list.
    (It is too late this should be done during the season – in a respectful manner)

    B. Make an appointment with the principle or athletic administrator and bring your list.
    (Depends on the situation – hopefully the school provides a confidential survey to collect quantitative feedback from all players / parents regarding the coaching staff)

    C. Start a movement to have the coach fired.
    (Don’t be this parent – you will limit opportunities for your kid because coaches talk and avoid problem parents)

    D. Forget about it and move on to the next season.
    (Don’t forget about it – learn from it or find away to improve the situation)

    E. Rehash the season with your child to try to figure out some answers.
    (THE BEST ANSWER – Help your kid cope with the situation – perhaps help your kid overcome – life isn’t always going to be easy)

    F. Warn upcoming players about the coach.
    (If asked your opinion share your thoughts with people you are close to, but don’t broadcast your biased thoughts to everybody)

    G. None of the above. It’s too late. You should have confronted the coach during the season every time you had a question.
    (SECOND BEST ANSWER)

    • Fran, thanks for taking the time to comment on all the choices! We just ended a season for my senior daughter in bb and we chose to not do anything as far as confronting the coach. We had enough conversations with our daughter throughout the season and when it was over, it was over. We did not go to the coach, we just let it go.
      I know you are a busy sports dad…hope things are going well in your house!

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