Parents and coaches should be on the same team in youth sports. They should both be all about helping kids grow, learn, and have fun in competition, but that is where the similarities should end.
The Coach’s Job
Although a coach may have a child on the team, his job during practice and games is not to be a parent to his players. A coach’s job should focus on:
- teaching skills
- creating team unity and focusing on the team as a whole
- helping kids see that hard work can be fun
- stretching kids to grow in character
- pushing the kids to perform to the best of their ability
- coaching the team to play hard and hopefully win
- communicating to parents (not during practices and games!)
The Parent’s Job
On the other hand, the parent’s job is to support his child, the entire team, and the coach. Period.
Unfortunately, most parents do not stick to their job description. They blur the lines and step over into the coach’s territory and take over some of his jobs. You’ve probably seen it:
- Parents that shout and coach from the sidelines
- Parents that insist their child work on his skills outside of practice and games
- Parents that compare, complain and disrupt team unity
Parents and Coaches: Partners FOR kids
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