Game Day Parent Behavior Shapes your Child’s Future
Most parents are upbeat and encouraging until, and it’s a big Until, the games begin. At that point, they act as if they are the ones playing and they become too intense. In kicks game day parent behavior that is unsportsmanlike, if not downright embarrassing. Even though it’s the most unwanted job for the coach, keeping parents under control is one of their responsibilities. Coaches must have a game day parent behavior plan that keeps parents from creating unnecessary and damaging situations for youth sports. Unfortunately, most youth baseball coaches do not feel parent behavior is their responsibility, so they set themselves up for unwanted problems as the season progresses. Setting parent guidelines at the start can save the whole season and your future as a youth sports coach and leader.
Unruly and obnoxious parents embarrass their kids, but also represent the whole organization, which is something many of them do not consider. Following are some printable tips to help coaches establish a game day parent behavior plan. Coaches should discuss game day behavior of everyone before the season, along with occasional reminders during the season. Following is a printout coaches can give parents to help them learn to make the youth sports experience for their child the best it can be.
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Jack Perconte has dedicated his post-major league baseball career to helping youth. He has taught baseball and softball for the past 27 years. His playing, coaching and parenting stories create better experiences for athletes and parents. Jack has written over a thousand articles on coaching baseball and youth sports. Jack is the author of “The Making of a Hitter” now $5 and “Raising an Athlete.” His third book “Creating a Season to Remember” is now available. Jack is a featured writer for Baseball the Magazine. You can also find Jack Perconte on YouTube with over 120 fun and innovative baseball instructional videos.