Sometimes sports parenting takes an ugly turn when parents gather in sympathy groups.
I first heard the term sympathy groups 13 years ago. My husband coached with a head football coach who told his team he wanted, “no excuses, no messengers, no sympathy groups.”
Sports parents tend to enter into sympathy groups too. You’ve seen them: parents who huddle together before, after, or during games to rehash, complain, and just generally criticize coaches, players, refs, and other parents.
Throughout 28 years of being a coach’s wife and 18 of being a sports mom, I’ve seen a lot of those groups. As a coach’s wife, I sat as far away from them as possible during a game. And as a sports parent, I’ve done my best to stay out of the fray.
If you are a sympathy group organizer, I ask you to please stop. READ MORE….
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