Those of us who have been through the youth sports “system” over the years (close to 30 years as a sports “parent” in my case) know one thing: whether your child loves—or hates—the experience will have a lot to do with the coach.
There’s no question that we, as parents, also contribute significantly to either the joy or misery that our kids will experience in youth sports. That’s a subject that I’ve written about before as well. But it’s important to keep in mind that how youth coaches behave around and interact with their players is something youngsters remember for a long, long time.
While most parents likely feel they have little option but to accept whatever coach (volunteer or paid) is put in charge of their youngster’s team by their local Club, I would suggest there are some things to think about before you commit fully to a particular youth sports program.
Here are some questions you may want to reflect on as you begin to observe the environment you are walking into: