The relationship between a parent and coach is critical to the success of young athletes. Kids gain more confidence and perform better when they know that you support their coach and training. On the other hand, when you always criticize the coach, your kid will begin to doubt them as well and will find it difficult to respond positively to training.
Why you should support the coach
Coaches are one of the greatest influences in a young athlete’s life. They can shape your kids to become great athletes and people by instilling values of teamwork, discipline, hard work and sacrifice. But the fact is a coach alone cannot train your kid to their fullest potential. With your help, however, kids should develop their skills both on and off the pitch. So it is important for you to select the right coach for your child, and support them to the best of your ability.
How to support a coach
1. Communicate with them: The best way to develop a relationship with your kid’s coach is to talk with them often. Ask them questions on how to improve your child’s skill or what their goals are for the team and the athletes. When you communicate with the coaches, you understand better what goes on in their minds, and why they make some decisions. You can talk to the coach over the phone or email if you do not have time for a face to face conversation. Also, avoid talking to coaches immediately after the game because they are usually with the kids and may not give you the attention you want.
2. Offer your help: Sometimes a coach may need assistance with things like keeping track of the number of passes during a game, organizing team meetings or bringing snacks to practice. Volunteer your help whenever you can, this will show the coach that you care about the team and make them open up to you.
3. Assist them in training: Young athletes need more than a few hours of practice to do well. With the help of the parent and coach, they can learn how to train at home as well. In addition, make sure your kid arrive for games and practice on time and ready to play.
4. Let them do their job: The best way to support coaches is to trust their strategy, and not challenge them. Have confidence in their ability and teach your kid to do the same. During a game or practice, it is important to cheer your child, rather than yell instructions out to them.
Again, it is important to remember that the more your support your kid’s coach, the better they will do their job, and the more your child will enjoy their sports experience.
Here at Play Better we are already seeing great success stories where coaches are rewarding parents for great behaviour on the sidelines. It’s so important to provide the coach space to coach during matches.
Coaches if your parents are doing a great job being parents then reward them! It will go along way and builds a strong culture in your team when you do so.
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