My son is a Junior in high school and has started for his team since he was a Freshman. Last year a new coach came in the picture, with a very different outlook on the game. Unfortunately, this year the coach is really starting to take a negative impact on the team. I haven't said much and probably won't say much to my son about the new coach (despite the numerous complaints).
Where I come in the picture is my son has a very promising future; however, I think it is starting to get compromised because of the coach. He plays for a nationally ranked select team during the summer/fall and wants to just stop playing high school ball.
Below are just a few things this coach does that I have a difference in opinion on.
- When the team looses a game, he tells them "I'm going to make you run until someone quits" (5 miles on an average) -- a few good players have quit.
- Instead of focusing team practices on what the team needs to improve in, he thinks that running until they throw-up is more appropriate.
- He thinks that demeaning the players is motivation.
- He absolutely "hates" for members of his team to play select ball or participate in showcases during the summer -- no one cares!
As a parent, what do you do?