Parenting Athletes

PLAYING TIME.  That simple two-word phrase can cause a coach to shudder as it lands upon his or her ears. It can be argued that playing time is the single most frequent conversation that parents initiate with coaches and athletic directors. Yet, it is also the greatest learning opportunity for our children and for us [...]

“I realize today that nothing in the world is more distasteful to a man than to take the path that leads to himself.” – Demian by Herman Hesse I’ve discovered something. I’ve discovered that parents don’t like to see their kids upset. They don’t like to see their kids cry. They don’t like to see [...]

One of the most difficult aspects of coaching is dealing with disappointment, loss and frustration. Team tryouts and cuts, or a big loss to a historical rival can sometimes leave coaches searching for the right thing to say to the athlete, parent or team all looking for answers. What can often make these circumstances worse [...]