Sometimes youth sports coaches want to plug their ears. There are some things they simply do not want to hear from their players.
If your young athlete wants to get along, have favor with, and stay on the coach’s radar, encourage him not to say these things around his coach.
I can’t. A defeatist attitude shows negativity and lack of motivation.
That was HER fault. She missed it. Blaming a team mate while trying to make yourself look good will probably not sit well with a coach.
Do we have to do this? I hate this! Complaining about hard work does not impress.
He messed up; I can do that better than him, Coach! The coach put him there for a reason; building up oneself only shows a lack of teamsmanship.
She’s mean. She hogs the ball. I don’t like her. Your child may think that complaining about a teammate will make them look bad to the coach while making your child look better; but really it makes your child look petty.
Help your child learn what it means to let his effort do his talking for him. When that happens, his coach will be all ears.
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