Respecting the coach is not always an easy thing to do in youth sports.
As your child grows older in his youth sports experience, he begins to understand and hopefully accept the grind of athletics: practices, hard work, and self-discipline. In facing these challenges, the onus is on him to dig deep and respond victoriously.
But what about the circumstances that your child cannot change?
Respecting the coach may seem almost impossible at times
One frustration that your athlete may face–and cannot change–is having a coach that he does not respect. Your child’s hard work is not going to change the coach’s personality and make him worthy of respect. It may be that your child is in such a situation now with a coach that struggles to earn the respect of his team.
Many times over the years my kids have had coaches that they struggled to respect. And it wasn’t just because of personality differences. There was the coach who was lazy and didn’t teach them anything about the game, the coach who yelled and cussed, but couldn’t look the players in the eyes, the coach who couldn’t control his own temper (how could he expect the players to have any sort of self control?).
In each of these situations where our kids struggled in respecting the coach, we tackled the problem the same. Here’s how we helped our kids learn to work with coaches they didn’t respect: Read more.
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