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All in all, the worst sports parenting article I ever read. Please let me know what you think.

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  1. May 18, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    Copyright 2010 Times Herald
    All Rights Reserved
    Times Herald (Port Huron, Michigan)

    May 16, 2010 Sunday

    SECTION: SPORTS

    HEADLINE: Jakacki: Parent-coach issues can be remedied

    The Little League season is only a couple of weeks old, and I’ve already heard more complaints about parents than previous seasons.

    I’ve witnessed their behavior, heard about it from other coaches and even received e-mails about it from other parents.

    I figured the best way to address the problem is to give our readers a few friendly suggestions that might help.

    Talk with the coach.

    If your child is playing a position in the field or batting somewhere in the lineup you don’t feel is appropriate, I’d recommend calmly pulling aside the coach when your child is not around and expressing your feelings. Better yet, have the child — if he’s in the majors (ages 11 and 12) or above — talk with the coach.

    You might find out the coach is justified, and your child is in the spot where he belongs.

    If you’re still unhappy, go to the league’s president, who should look into the situation.

    The worst thing you can do is complain to your child or while your child is within earshot. If your child knows you’re unhappy, he likely will be, too.

    By the way, there is no such thing as a “bad” position. So if your child is put in the outfield, for example, tell him each position is as important as the rest and encourage him to try his hardest.

    Practice with your child.

    The best way for a child to improve is to play as often as possible, not just at practice or games. Even if you’re not much of a player, play catch with your child. If necessary, let him instruct you on how to catch or throw — kids often get a kick out of teaching their parents something.

    Remember your role.

    Yes, you are the parent, but during that 90 minutes or two hours of a practice or game, your coach is in charge. He makes the decisions.

    Finish what you started.

    If you signed up your child to play and aren’t happy, do not let him skip practices or games or quit altogether. Just like in life, if you make a commitment to do something, finish it.

    Volunteer.

    If you don’t like your coach or the way he does things and think you can do better, there’s nothing stopping you from volunteering (although you might have to wait until next season). These coaches are unpaid and are giving up their time to help teach all of the children what they know.

    Be there.

    If nothing else, show your child you care and go to his games as often as possible. Every child needs to know his loved ones support him, and there’s no better way of showing it than being in attendance and encouraging him while he’s there.

    But for your child’s sake, please behave yourself.

    • Contact Rick Jakacki at (810) 989-6266 or rjakacki@gannett.com Read his blog at http://www.thetimesherald.com/sports.


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