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This resource stems from a question submitted to the Ask PCA blog. Responses come from our experts including PCA Trainers, who lead live group workshops for coaches, parents, administrators and student-athletes.

"As a middle school athletic director, I see many opposing players showboat after scoring or making other big plays. For our school’s athletes, we have strict policies against such behavior. How can we get our opponents to change their ways, at least when they are visiting our school?"

PCA Response by Al Adamsen (@aladamsen), PCA Trainer-SF Bay Area
Many coaches and AD's just accept this as the norm and let it go. This benefits no one, and compromises the integrity of the lessons you and similar institutions try to instill in your young athletes.

Key to achieving your goal is communication. Communication is often thought of as a one-time event. It's not. As John Wooden once said, "It's not what you teach. It's what you emphasize." This could not be more true when you're communicating with opposing coaches, administrators, players, parents, etc.

Here are several complementary modes of communication to consider:

  • Send a letter to the ADs of the competing schools, detailing your school's culture and the expectations of those that visit.
  • Upon arrival on game day, supply the visiting coach, and potentially parents and other visitors, with a handout detailing the school's culture and expectations of those who visit.
  • Make game officials aware of your culture and expectations and ask for their help in enforcement.

For more communications tips like these, click the link below.

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