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How Coaches Can Stop Bullying By Youth Sports Parents

How Coaches Can Stop Bullying By Youth Sports Parents

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When we hear about bullying in sports, we tend to think about behavior from athletes. But what about parents who cross the line? This happens too frequently and can put the coach in a tough position.

Parents often yell at referees, challenge coaching decisions and sometimes even berate players. This is wholly inappropriate. The role of parents is to support their children and help reinforce life lessons through sports. Certainly it’s normal for parents to want their child to perform well and win, but parents must not bully when things don’t go their way.

Coaches of any level may have a hard time confronting these parents, but here a few strategies to consider:

  • Have all the parents sign the Parents Pledge. This agreement will get you and the parents onto the same page. If parents step out of line, remind them what they agreed to.

  • If this behavior occurs during a game, don’t ignore it! Set a good example for the kids, because their parents aren’t.

For more strategies on how to deal with parents yelling and bullying from the sidelines, see the link below.

This resource stems from a Positive Coaching Alliance Trusted Resource - Kidpower - a nonprofit leader in abuse and violence prevention for children and adults. Kidpower makes it FUN to learn about being safe, rather than scary. Caring adults can use the Kidpower Method™ to protect children and teens from bullying, child abuse, abduction, and other violence.

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