Who's coaching the Kids? Former Harvard Soccer Coach weighs in on today's sideline parent problem.
to former pro soccer player and collegiate coach, Steve Locker, kids are
dropping out of sports at an alarming rate and there’s a good reason. He says its intriguing that so many parents are
quick to admit “yes I am that parent”, “that parent” who is screaming and yelling like a
lunatic in an effort to spur his child on to some kind of victory. It’s so widespread the barbaric behavior is
result, 75% of children give up sports by their 13th birthday. The problem is the goals of the child playing
the game are quite different than their parents. Parents and coaches are emphasizing the competition
and fail to make it enjoyable. Parents also want
to fix every problem instead of allowing kids to face adversity and equip them
with strategies to deal with it in a positive way so they can learn and grow. Parents and coaches need to begin addressing childhood sports
programming in a new way that’s not just about training and winning but more about developing healthy, happy and confident kids.
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