I currently participate in my children’s sports either as a coach or a spectator. For most of the year I was so impressed with the way parental behaviour had improved since I was a kid. I still remember my under 10s coach walking onto the field to take over the umpiring because he had abused the umpire to such a degree that the umpire walked off.
I thought those days were done. However on the weekend I observed an opposition coach at my daughter’s netball game publicly sanction behaviour of her under 8 girls that caused one of our girls to cry. I also saw the opposition coach at the under 8 football match tell one of my players off for trying to tackle and told my son off for talking to much (which I can understand can be true!) when the golden rule as a coach is that you never talk to opposition kids unless it is to clap something they did well.
I thought to myself – Continue reading