How to Address Playing Time with your Child's Coach

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Every parent strives for the best for their child. This desire is magnified in sports and can often cause tension between parent and coach. Normally the tension is focused on playing time, but there is a way to have a calm discussion without things esculating.

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  • An open mind and willingness to accept the truth.

How to Address Playing Time with your Child's Coach

  • Addressing a coach at any level can be difficult and often can become a very uncomfortable situation. Therefore, try to understand the entire situation. Make sure that any action is not premature and attempt to look at things from both sides; player and coach.

  • Taking the step of addressing the situation often relies on what level of play the child is at. Youth sports and high school varsity sports are two different worlds. A varsity coach is paid to win, not play every player. At the youth level every player should be getting an opportunity, if a player is not than the situation should addressed. If the child is at the varsity level, it is best to often take the wait and see approach.

  • Try to find other examples of players not playing than just your child. This will help the coach realize that this is not just about you and your child. Begin by asking why these players are not playing more, wait for an answer and then preceed. Often the coach simply does not realize they are overlooking some players.

  • Explain your position. Note that kids need an opportunity to grow and they will only get that with playing time. Remind him/her in a reasonable manner that many kids will mature as they grow, so continue giving them an opportunity.

  • Listen to the coach's response, if it is satisfactory step back and watch to see if changes come. If it is not, do not hesitate to address the issue with the league supervisor. Prior to taking that step speak with other parents to see if they are also frustrated and encourage them join in.

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