Parent - Coach Relationship Center
There is no doubt that the people who coach our children's sports team can make the difference between a positive experience, one they remember fondly for the rest of their lives, and a negative one, one that can leave emotional and psychological scars that don't ever go away and turn them off to sports forever. The best way to protect your child from a bad coach is, of course, not to let him play for such a coach in the first place, which is often easier said than done.
As complicated as the relationship is between coach and player, the relationship between parent and coach is often just as complex, with success depending on effective communication and the setting of appropriate boundaries. This center is the place to find information and advice on the when, how and where to talk with coaches and how to handle the relationship from the first pre-season meeting to the post-season awards banquet or pizza or ice cream party.
Our goal is to provide comprehensive information and advice on the parent-coach relationship. But to do that, we are going to need your help. We hope you will share what you have learned in dealing with coaches, good and bad, with other MomsTeam parents. Please consider writing a blog, contributing an article, posting on and/or hosting a Forum, or becoming our MomsTeam expert on this important relationship. If you know of someone who you think has knowledge to share, ask him or her to join or contact us. Together we can make MomsTeam the place where parents and coaches can learn from each other to make the youth sports experience a more enjoyable one for parent, coach and child.
-Brooke de Lench