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July 17, 2017

Fight the good fight against parents

If you’re a longtime subscriber of Coach & Athletic Director, you’ve probably noticed we address the tumultuous relationships between coaches and parents at least a couple times each year. It’s no accident. Regardless of the amount of cover...


July 6, 2017

S.C. youth soccer league creates rule to quiet parents

A South Carolina youth soccer organization is taking a unique approach to silence the boisterous parents who regularly harass referees. The South Carolina Youth Soccer Association (SCYSA) recently dispatched a memo to parents, saying that during "...


May 8, 2017

Dear parents: I want your kid to fail

Yes, you read that right. I want your kid to fail, and the earlier he or she can start failing, the better. I am so convinced of the positive value of failure that I believe you, as a parent, should actually hope your child fails. Why? Because it's ...


May 1, 2017

St. Louis Cardinals trio offers advice to sports parents

The St. Louis Cardinals have a few words of advice for helicopter parents who might get too involved with their child's participation in sports. [caption id="attachment_23876" align="alignright" width="230"] Kolten Wong | Photo: Wikimedia Common...


April 26, 2017

Michigan HS ‘Coach of the Year’ resigns over parents

A Michigan high school basketball coach, who earlier this year was named best coach in his class, has resigned. And he calls parents the No. 1 reason for his departure. Clayton Castor was the boys basketball coach at Gladstone High School, and las...


April 25, 2017

Video: Parent takes seat on team bench, is kicked off by coach

We're accustomed to seeing parents berate coaches from the stands, but actually taking a seat on the team bench during a game to voice a complaint takes some guts. The video below was posted on Twitter by Rivals.com national basketball analyst Er...


April 24, 2017

Study highlights pressure in youth sports

A new study examining youth sports takes a close look at the pressure kids face and how it contributes to declining participation. Yellowbrick in Illinois surveyed 1,000 Americans to get a sense of how the pressure to succeed in youth sports has...


April 13, 2017

Eight tips for building positive relationships with parents

Every coach goes through it. There is a disgruntled father in the stands, or you receive an email laced with complaints from a concerned mother. It only takes one or two parents thinking about your program in a negative light for that sentiment to sp...