Are You A Side-Line Coach
by: Charles French
With spring in the air, flower’s and baseball are in full bloom. As the father of a nine-year old son,
each day is spent perfecting the art of baseball. This includes making that perfect pitch to first base, snagging those ground
balls and driving those hits when we’re in the batters box. Oh, did I say we, sorry, I meant, when my son is in the
My son and I haven’t quit practicing baseball since last year. You see, he loves baseball and as many
young players, has dreams of growing up to play Major League Baseball. For this reason, I must make sure he’s doing
everything right, avoiding any mistakes humanly possible, or should I?
Before my son started playing baseball, we would often go to the ballpark and watch other kids practice and
play. One thing I found amusing and often disturbing was parent involvement and sideline coaching to the point of disrupting
the entire game. To my dismay, I vowed to never be this sort of parent.
Oh, how we tend to forget those famous words, "I’ll never be that kind of parent". It usually starts
out with a simple shout from the stands "pay attention" or "get your head in the game" and then before you know it, your standing
on the side, shouting and pointing out every mistake your child makes. Thankfully, I haven’t reached this point, although
it has been brought to my attention that my scorning frowns and sideline presence are quite distracting.
It is so important for parents to remember, these are youth sports. These are our children and they need our
support and encouragement. We as parents have to let our children have fun and learn at their own pace. My son brought this
to my attention when he said "dad, I know when I mess up but it makes me play worse when you look like your mad at me".
Sports play a very important role in teaching children how to function in society and being able to work as
a team. As parents support and encourage your children to play sports. Have fun!
About The Author
Charles & Lisa French are active members of the Sports Developement Community. Feel free to contact us and visit our
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