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Why Parents, Coaches Must Be Partners

Don’t trash talk the coach. Let your children vent, if they feel the need, but don’t join in on their rants. This only feeds their frustration.

In an ideal season, parents and coaches work together — sports parents feel supported by the coach, and the coach feels supported by the parents.

Everyone — players, coaches and parents — benefit from a unified effort. However, we know that a parent-coach partnership can sometimes be a myth and the ones who suffer the most are the kids.

Why is it so important for coaches and parents to work at this partnership and not give up just because it seems unlikely or difficult? Here are a couple of reasons why a divisive parent-coach relationship is not good for your child.

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