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June 28, 2019

2019 Coaches Report: Problems with parents persist

Last year, Coach & Athletic Director began surveying high school coaches to gather feedback on some of the major issues in the profession. The results help us better understand the challenges faced by coaches, and they guide us in providing relev...


January 17, 2019

Texas high school volleyball coach resigns after parents gripe about playing time

Unruly sports parents claimed another victim this week, this time forcing out a Texas high school volleyball coach with complaints over playing time. Amarillo High School coach Kori Clements lasted just one season with the program, leading the La...


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November 20, 2018

Lawsuit alleges parent wore his referee uniform, influenced Illinois playoff football game

A lawsuit filed last week accuses an Illinois high school football parent of dressing in his referee uniform while off duty and influencing the outcome of a playoff game. The game in question took place on Nov. 10, when Nazareth Academy — a priv...


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November 14, 2018

Welcoming feedback from athletes and parents

Modern day coaches benefit by creating an all-inclusive environment in their programs [caption id="attachment_27210" align="aligncenter" width="484"] Photo: Jim Larrison, Flickr[/caption] The “my way or the highway” style has been dismissed a...


September 16, 2018

Between the Lines: Create consequences for parents’ actions

Sports parents have demonstrated that there are few lines they won’t cross. The most aggressive of the bunch will vandalize property, physically assault coaches and petition to have team leaders fired from their jobs. What’s equally as concerning...


August 6, 2018

N.M. school board squashes parent code of conduct plan

The Santa Fe (New Mexico) Board of Education rejected a plan that would have allowed its schools to punish student-athletes for their parents' behavior at sporting events. Last month, member schools voted to give the New Mexico Activities Associat...


July 30, 2018

Getting principal, superintendent support against combative sports parents

While most parents appreciate the opportunity that their child has within the athletic program, you may face a few who cause major headaches. This phenomenon has been around for as long as anyone can remember, and some might say it’s worse now than...


June 28, 2018

Study: Helicopter parents make life harder for children

Helicopter parents hovering over their child's every move may actually be making life harder on their kids — not easier. A new study published in Developmental Psychology found that over-controlling parents can lead to a child's inability to ...