Who'd Be A Kids Coach?

When it comes to sport, all the good athletes are super competitive.

After all, that’s the point of sport.

But what about the parents?

We know there are some parents who go over the top when cheering for their child, or sledging those with the whistle.

But there is now another problem parent emerging.

That of the coaching snob.

It appears the focus of drama has shifted from the referee to the coach. IMAGE: Canva

Apparently parents are increasingly demanding elite level coaches for their kids at the junior level.

Now I’m all on board for getting the developing teens, from the age of 15, into elite coaching and playing squads, so they can fulfil their potential.

But when we’re talking about nine or ten year olds just getting out and having fun with friends?

That’s more than a little bit of overkill.

And I hate to say it for those parents who demand those types of coaches, but something tells me the money on offer from national clubs will be better than the handshake and pat on the back from the local club.

Every club would love a Simon Goodwin, Justin Langer, Craig Bellamy or Lisa Alexander on board with their team.

But it’s just not practical when, for most kids, the important thing about sport isn’t winning, but developing basic motor skills.

When kids are simply learning to catch a ball, I don’t think a staff of physios and video analysts is necessary.

Surely a working with children check and a police clearance should be sufficient?

And if there’s something that we HAVE learnt from watching elite sport over the years, it’s that not every great coach was a great player, and not every great player makes a great coach.

So instead of expecting your kid’s coach to coach a premiership at the first attempt and a career at the highest level, maybe the expectation should be that the coach makes sport fun and enjoyable?

Because the alternative is driving kids out of sport at a young age because of the bad behaviour of others, and with officiating numbers as they are because of exactly that kind of treatment, that doesn’t sound too smart.