Each year, it seems there is tension around this topic.
Parents spend a lot of money each year getting private lessons from an infinite number of “experts” who make promises of college scholarships and professional contracts, regardless of the sport. We lug our kids around to various facilities to get them the “best” training available and inevitably, when school tryouts begin, our kids get bombarded with eve more information about how to best approach the game.
What results in many cases, is major-league friction between the parent, the child and the coach. The last thing any coach wants to hear when training an athlete is, “my other coach tell me to do it THIS way…” or “My mom and dad tell me to do it THIS way…”
The last thing a parent wants to hear after spending endless hours and dollars is “It’s my way or the highway” or “I don’t care what anyone else says, this is my team and you’re gonna listen to me.”
The last thing a kid wants to hear is … well … anything from an adult.
So what do you do and how do you handle this delicate situation?
Dan Grey, owner and proprietor of ProSwing Baseball and Softball Training Facilities and Summer Camps will be joining me on the show this Sunday, March 13 at 9 am easter to discuss this matter in detail but I wanted to get some of your thoughts in advance.
Please let me know what you think and I hope to hear you on the studio lines come this Sunday.
As a wrestling coach, I see this occurring all of the time. Athletes have private coaches and wrestling club coaches that undermine the authority of the team coach. At matches and tournaments you’ll see athletes listening to their private coach and ignoring the advice of their team coach. The advice of the private coach does not always take into account the best strategy for the team. This not only destroys the relationship between the team coach and the athlete but also affects the rest of the team.
Another problem occurs when kids start to slack in practice so they can have energy for their “real practice time” later with the private coach. If athletes aren’t giving 100% in practice then their practice partners are not getting the full benefits from working with them. Private coaches can be useful for teaching skills to athletes and for helping with off season training but should not take precedence over the team coach.
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