Anger management: Coach-parent conflicts

  • Article by: JASON GONZALEZ , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 24, 2012 - 8:33 AM

Coaches no longer make decisions in a vacuum. Some parents second-guess every move, and some coaches resent it. Can they meet in the middle?

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YoteeMay. 22, 1212:22 PM

Our children are being raised with the understanding that everyone gets a trophy regardless of standing. Too many parents want sports to be fair and ahem, isn’t that what playing sports is all about? Finding out who is best? Not every kid is going to thrive in the sporting atmosphere and no amount of complaining about it will make your kid better than the other kid in whatever sport they both play. Your kid can always be a spectator! The parents that are complaining need to let things run their course. Or are they planning on paying for the therapy their kid will need when they get out in the real world and find out that OMG life isn’t fair?! (gasp!)

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bcuzwecan7May. 24, 12 9:46 PM

A very interesting story after the year several of us have had at our school. Perhaps someone, somewhere, somehow needs to look a little closer at the years in middle school. Where parents are the coaches.....they are setting "the tone" and the "system" and starting the "placement" that they want to happen early on. But then things change because kids leave and kids join the school. How do we handle them - well it became very clear to us that they are going to do everything they can to discourage someone that isn't part of their "program". Perhaps someone comes along and challenges the system. Then the kids move on to high school, what else can "those" parents do but bitch about the coach. People REALLY need to start talking in the early years. There are always going to be some over-powering parents, but this article needs to take all of its examples and go back in time and see what happened...the answers may lie there. Kids....they should have fun!

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