sideline coaching

Are You “That Parent”?

Have you ever sat in the stands of a youth sporting event and wondered why so many parents are spending their time screaming instructions at their kids? If you have, you are not alone. Many spectators have witnessed “that parent” or better yet, they have been “that parent.” Parenting and sideline coaching almost go hand-in-hand in today’s sports forum. What was once a place for parents and spectators alike to enjoy on weekends has become more like watching an NFL…

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The Car Ride Home

This will not be the first or last discussion on parent and athlete interaction, before, during, or after their sporting event. However, I would like to take a bit of a different approach in this particular discussion since it’s coming directly from the athletes themselves. This will be the first part in a series of blogs that will touch on what is an age-old question. How can we change the uncomfortable feeling for the athletes and the eventual feeling of…

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Game Day Interference

How many times have we seen an athlete stop while in the middle of a game because one or both of their parents have summoned them? First off, once the game begins, the parent’s role is to become a cheerleader. Supporting the athletes and recognizing good efforts is more important than trying to give feedback or instructions in the middle of play.  Second, anything that takes the athlete’s mind away from the game is deemed a distraction. I imagine that most…

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Lessons for Sports Parents

Although well intentioned, many youth sports parents approach their athlete’s sports in a manner that is more detrimental than helpful.  I’ve learned a few valuable lessons about youth sports parents: Parents – You had your chance, now it’s your child’s turn. Their path may be different than yours but allow them to lead their own way rather than fitting into your plans or expectations. Athletes really don’t want you coaching from the sidelines. It can contradict and distract from the…

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