Coach VS Parents

So often parents' requirements for coaches is equal to that of their children. Some people may want to see a regimented and strict coach where others may wish to see interdependent and emotionally laden relationships between their loved one and their coach.The training process has to be at the highest level with regards to a child's development. Is it possible for a coach to meet all requirements? Of course it isn’t. Every coach or, to be more precise, a coach with experience knows that you can't please everyone. Coaches at the beginning of their career path or who have just graduated try to do their best to adjust to the hordes of parents. However, with time this idea comes to end and coaches make the right decision to stay true to themselves and commit to their own style of training. Parents giving advice on communication skills or work style resemble someone telling an electrician how to fix a plug. A coach is not just a person in a training suit but a trustworthy, psychologically and pedagogically trained professional. A person with great experience of working with children of all sorts of different levels. If parents have doubts in their coach’s ability or methods and think there's something wrong then it's wise to give it time to assess the whole situation over an appropriate amount of time rather than rejecting them immediately. It's not worth changing a coach or, furthermore, pulling a child out of the club after making a hasty decision. The best way is to wait for a couple of weeks, have a talk with your coach and raise your concerns. A professional coach will be able to explain all the situations that you find strange or unusual in order to set aside all of your concerns and worries. So, who holds the key in the triad “Coach – Child – Parent”? After parents have made a decision to devote their child to sport they have to accept that one part of their responsibility and significance in their child's life will be lost. Once entering a training complex, gym, the master of that place is the coach. He (or she) is the one who becomes the responsible teacher and who plays a greater role in the child's life. Ironically, some parents consciously or unconsciously try to bribe their coaches by giving them unexpected gifts or putting in lots of effort to be extremely polite and friendly. Their goal is to adjust and soften the coach's heart in order for the coach to be more focused on their child (don't mix it up with appreciation and showing respect). Perhaps such parents have very good intentions to create a better atmosphere and conditions for their child but unfortunately any sort of forged attempts to influence the coach's attitude will have a negative impact on the child. What can you do? Simply do not interfere. You need to trust your coach and rely on his (or her) competence and experience. The issues that arise at the start will eventually clear up and get sorted. Your responsibility is to passively observe what's going on and stay vigilant to the whole training process. Nevertheless, you don't need to let every situation run its course. If your nerves have gotten the better of you and you can't take the situation any more then the best way is to sum up its pros and cons and follow your gut. There's nothing wrong with changing a coach or a sport group. Just don't do it in haste when you're feeling emotional. No coach in the entire world can accommodate all of the requirements coming from hundreds of parents. Coaches are not physically able to embrace every child with their undivided attention. And it's normal. The foundation of solid relationships between a coach and parents is one that is built on the trust and respect of the competence and experience of your chosen coach.


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