krones3 wrote: Decentric wrote:
I've seen some awful behaviour from coaches' kids on the pitch, particularly elite programmes as players reach their teens.
In the juniors, most parents are just happy for anyone to coach the team rather than themselves. Often someone with any interest in football finds themselves coaching juniors.
As they age and some kids want to start clowning around at training, I won't hesitate to give them marching orders/suspensions for one scrap of disrespect.
My belief is that most coaches are volunteers. Hence, anyone disrespecting a coach who has undergone coach education in their own time and gives up their time to coach kids on a weekly basis, should be appreciated by them - and parents.
I was once teaching at one school, where I had no active role in their associated football club. I had some time to kill and watched about 10 teams train one night.
I was appalled at the disrespect shown by many kids to their coaches. The next day I held a meeting for all football players in the school and read them the riot act about respecting their coaches.
What sorts of experiences have others had?
dropped a team because a stupid father complained in a text to me about not starting his son. Now i can prove that over 11 games his son only did not start 3 times but ffs there 10.
I am presently coaching U13/14 team they are doing well and starting to play properly (we had no pre season and no fitness)
but they are looking good now. but i cant wait to finish coaching at the end of this season and just concentrate on my own son.Enough of clubs and parents. I know every year good coaches bail and it does not seem to matter much but eventually you would have to think it will bring youth football to a stop. I will love the look on there faces when i don't volunteer.
ps it was not over equal time on the field, it was over not starting and how good his son was and how much better than the other players he was (do you believe that ffs)Edited by krones3: 9/5/2016 10:44:59 AM
It is a problem when parents have high opinions of their own children's ability, don't do all the work to train as coaches, then try and tell coaches what to do.
Obviously you are looked towards volunteering your time by other parents, Krones.
I had an issue wham one of my kids was in the last year at primary school. A new coach played his son as central striker, keeping him on the pitch for the whole of every game. He scored a lot of goals and the coach didn't rotate players much. My child gave up football the next year. I did take the coach to task later in the season about lack of rotation.
At the same time I wanted a rest from coaching, so I can also be blamed for not taking up the coaching position that year.
Postscript - my child had an inspiring teacher two years later at high school who galvanised the football career of my child and inspired many new players to take up football and others to resurrect their careers.
The coach whose son was a favourite has gone as far as 4th division. My progeny has gone on to state league, top division NPL football. One of the great things for development as been constant supplementary indoor football and futsal rosters, which are often informal.
The most important thing is that kids enjoy football. Most of the time I've picked the brains of a friend who is a very, very experienced coach over 35 years and acted on his advice over issues I've had.
FFA is now focusing on the club as the epicentre of players' development. Not rep, state and NTC squads.Edited by Decentric: 10/5/2016 08:58:05 AM