I begin this with the admission that I am as guilty as the next father who sometime goes against this but I always come back to centre, eventually.
I see and hear many parents who push their kids too far when it comes to sport and you can usually tell by the child’s body language. Have I tried to push my kids, sure, but I lay off when it appears they are no longer on the same page. Most of the time it is simply us wanting successes or experiences we missed out as when we were young. We need to remember they are not us, they have their own goals and dreams. Sometimes the best way to motivate them is to let them figure it out on their own and support it. They are your children so you know how to read them, make sure you’re paying attention.
The coaches are on the field giving their time to help as best they can, I repeat, as best they can. I hate hearing people tear down a coach when they refuse to get out there and donate their time and knowledge. You don;t always have to agree but if it irks you that much be an adult and talk to the coach.
I know this is easier said than done sometimes, and this is as much for me as it is for anyone who reads it, we need these reminders now and then.