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parents

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...


March 20, 2017

Examining a young athlete’s chances of playing pro basketball

Parents might think their child has a great shot to make the pros, but statistics suggest otherwise. Figures from the NCAA show just how few players make it to the NBA. During the 2015-16 school year, there were 546,428 high school boys basket...


January 27, 2017

Overbearing parents scare off college recruiters

Parents have a tendency to meddle in their children’s high school teams, lobbying for playing time and preferential treatment. It’s typically part of a campaign to earn a college scholarship for their young athletes, but their efforts may be coun...


January 17, 2017

Dealing with parental interference in coaching

There is a segment of parents who try to coach children during games. You’ll often see them standing near the sidelines, barking instructions across the field or gym floor. This causes a major problem for athletes, because instructions by the paren...


September 15, 2016

N.Y. prep coaches say parents becoming more problematic

A survey of high school coaches in New York offered a glimpse into the relationships they have with parents of student-athletes. [caption id="attachment_17532" align="alignright" width="285"] A majority of New York coaches believe problems with ...


August 2, 2016

Parents risking it all to support their child’s sports futures

The pursuit of a professional sports career is one of the leading causes of sports specialization. And in some cases, it's a cause for financial ruin. [caption id="attachment_17158" align="alignright" width="284"] Photo: Kevin Hoffman[/caption...


July 21, 2016

Survey of Alabama prep coaches highlights issues with parents

A recent survey of Alabama high school coaches revealed that nearly two-third of them have quit or considered leaving their positions due to issues with parents. The survey was conducted by AL.com and more than 300 high school coaches responded. C...


October 14, 2015

Pa. youth football league cancels season over continued threats

A Pennsylvania youth football league has cancelled the remainder of its season after continued threats made against coaches and referees. [caption id="attachment_14305" align="alignright" width="232"] Photo via Facebook, Mount Pleasant Area Junior...