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Parents Intervening When Coaches Act Inappropriately In Front Of Kids

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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.

“Any advice for a disgruntled parent with little league? Last week during our son’s game the coach of the other team was trying to break the rules... his son’s pitch count was 41 and he tried to put him in as catcher the next inning. My husband and coach tried explaining the rule to the other coach stating that his son couldn’t catch due to his pitch count. He then said to him “I should’ve known you’d be a dick about this” “I would expect nothing less from you” in front of a dugout full of 9- and 10-year-old boys who all heard him and then proceeded to ask our son if they heard Max’s dad call your dad a dick. Our little league board (which my husband is a member of) all agreed a minimum 2 game suspension. The president of the board (who coaches a travel team with this guy) let everybody know that he handled it by giving him a warning. This is not my opinion. Any thoughts on how this should be handled?”

PCA Response by PCA Lead Trainer, Joe Terrasi

Thank you for sharing such a challenging situation. If I were in your shoes, I would be disgruntled as well. You may think I’m saying this for effect, but the following is true: Sometimes while I work, I put a movie on TV that I’ve already seen; I like the background noise. When I first read your question, the movie that was on in the background was “42,” the excellent rendition of the story of Jackie Robinson.

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