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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.

"My child had a rough experience with a coach and now we are considering “shopping” for a coach. What is your group’s experience with that concept?"

PCA Response By Greg Dalton, PCA Leadership Council Member and Sports Parent
Most young athletes pick a sport they like and accept the coach that comes with that choice. I propose turning that convention on its head. Some kids and parents might consider shopping for a coach and playing whatever sport that inspiring person is coaching. This story illustrates how that worked out for my son this year.

A few weeks into the season it was clear that the coach of my son's lacrosse team was unqualified to coach at the high school level. His attitude was unduly harsh, his teaching and communication skills undeveloped. Even highly experienced players were confused by the chaotic play structures. He dogged the best players on the team and said they should do more. By the end of the year the players had lost all respect for the coach and parents were in an uproar. At the annual athletic banquet, the school's lacrosse coaches were the only ones who did not sit with their players. To the amazement of the parents and players, the rookie AD rehired the lacrosse coach, who promised to change his ways.

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