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How Athletes Handle Their Own Coach's Behavior

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One of these experts is Tina Syer (@tinasyer4), the former President at Positive Coaching Alliance. Syer played Division I field hockey at Stanford University, where she graduated with honors and was named an Academic All-America. Her coaching experience includes seasons at the high school, college and Olympic Development levels.

How should you handle it when your coach is acting inappropriately on the sidelines? Find out what Syer recommends in this video. If your coach is yelling at officials, the best approach is to manage your own behavior and performance and control what you can control. In most cases, trying to change coach behavior during competition will only end up distracting you. Instead, Syer recommends focusing on the next play, and just letting go of what you can’t control.

If you’re a team captain, or comfortable leader, you can seek a meeting with the coach to discuss how inappropriate sideline behavior affects you and your teammates. Your meeting request and the meeting itself are best handled privately. Even after such a meeting, in case the coach changes behavior gradually or not at all, stay prepared to keep your attention on what you can control.