Central Coast Youth Football League: Welcome
|Sat 6/24||Player Safety Clinic||9:00 AM - 1:00 PM||Paso Robles War Memorial|
"Open Letter to the Parents of Football Players"
Coaching is a high-pressured job. Whether the pressure to win is coming from the school or community or whether it is self-induced by the coach doesn't lessen it's effect.
Every coach wants his team to be successful. Every coach worth his whistle is a student of the game he coaches. The coach has probably spent years developing a philosophy and a teaching style. The average workweek for a coach is 25-35 hours on coaching duties alone. Out-of-season (there is never an off season) the good coaches attend clinics, read books, watch videos, etc.
Many coaches because of their competive natures are emotional and intense. Fans of these coaches are "screamers" who spend too much of their time yelling and chastising players. But the great majority of these coaches are completely loyal to their athletes. They are strong advocates and willing mentors for all of their players.
Parents, in particular, can be critical of coaches. A coach perhaps can have 50+ players and 10 assistant coaches to consider with every decision he makes. The greater good of the football program itself is a prime consideration. Parents on the other hand, are concerned about only one athlete. When their son is unhappy or the parent believes that he isn't being treated fairly, conflicts can occur. Too many fine coaches have left the sidelines because of parental interference.
Parents would do well to remember a few simple facts:
The coaches are in a better position and certainly more knowledgeable in determing who plays and how much.
The best players play.
Even the players who do not start or play many minutes are important to the team.
Hard work and discipline have their own rewards.
Commitment and self-disclipline are not "bad" words.
Parents, not coaches, set the standard for their son's behavior.
Coaches are visible, and their work is put on a public display weekly. Many people watch football on televsion and think they understand the sport. How many parents would like people going to their place of work, observing their performance, and then publicly and privately criticizing the job they do?
When players complain to parents, and parents react by being negative about the team or the coach, they are undermining team cohesiveness and disclipine. Parents who really wish to be a positive factor in their son's athletic experience would be best served making sure their son does his part. Understand that few players will be "scholarship" athletes. Don"t underestimate your son's potential and form unrealistic expectations. Help reinforce that in a team sport, the team is the top priority and personal goals come second.
When your son makes a mistake, hold him accountable for his actions. Making excuses or ignoring unwanted behavior only encourages it. Being strict with your son now will save much regret later. Reinforce the coach's philosophy and encourage your son to get involved in all team activities. Understand that football is a hard game with intense physical and mental demands.
Anytime a problem has to be addressed by the parent and the coach, make an appointment to see the coach personally. Find out the coach's view of the situation. The story you heard from your son may or may not be completely factual. Parents and coaches should act in concert to help in the development of athlete.
As a parent no one has a bigger role to play or better opportunity to affect positive behavior from a son than you do.Adapted from Jeff Shutter, Quarterbacks Coach Franklin & Marshall College January Issue of " Coach and Athletic Director"
USA Football Player Safety Coach Clinic
Saturday, June 24, 2017
*PASO ROBLES WAR MEMORIAL*
Check In: 8:30am Clinic Starts: 9:00am Clinic Ends: 1:00pm
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*PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION*
We are located on the Central Coast of California and have Chapters located from Paso Robles to Lompoc
Football and Cheerleading for ages 7-14
President: Chris Sette P.O. Box 411, San Luis Obispo, CA email@example.com