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Should coaches be required to let parents into practice?

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Posted by on Sep. 16, 2013 at 9:21 AM
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Parents Who Want to Attend Their Kid's Sport Practice Need to Get a Life

by Jenny Erikson

Casey Jones just wanted to watch his 13-year-old granddaughter play volleyball. He was so proud of her making the team and wanted to see her in action. But when he went to watch her practice at Centennial Middle School in Florida, he was informed that family members were not allowed to attend practices.

Jones was able to contact Pasco County School District’s assistant superintendent Ray Gadd, who decided to investigate the policy. “As an organization, we want to be parent-friendly and family-friendly,” he said, but also noted that the school might have its reasons.

What they found out is that there is no district-wide policy for parents. It varies by school and even by sport. Basically, it’s up to the coaches to decide what’s best for their team. Now they’re trying to decide whether or not they should adopt a standardized rule for the entire district.

I think that’s a terrible idea. Coaches need to connect with their players, and just like every person is unique, so is every team. What works for one team might not work for another. For instance, what if you get a group of students with more helicopter parents than usual? Is it really a good idea to have those moms and dads questioning every move the coaches make, or sideline coaching themselves? In that case, banning parents from practice might be a good idea.

It might not even be about the students at all -- what if a coach in a highly competitive sport doesn’t want his or her strategies overseen by opponents?

A universal policy would rob coaches from making the best decisions for their teams, and that’s not exactly in the best interests of the students. Does it suck that a coach might implement a rule you don’t like? Yes. But no one ever said life was fair.

Do you think coaches should be required to let parents into practice?

by on Sep. 16, 2013 at 9:21 AM
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by Bronze Member on Sep. 16, 2013 at 9:22 AM
by Anonymous 1 on Sep. 16, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Not only no, but as a former coach, HELL NO!  Parents are batshit crazy!

by Member on Sep. 16, 2013 at 9:48 AM

I wouldn't dream of sitting in on practices, but I asked my daughter who is in volleyball and she did agree parents can be a distraction.

by on Sep. 16, 2013 at 12:02 PM


Unless I was concerend and other parents were concerned something was going on that wasnt ok. I would not insit on sitting in if it were not allowed. Mind you here, all parents are welcome whenever they want, unless a parent causes an issue then that parent will be asked to leave.

by Anonymous 2 on Sep. 16, 2013 at 12:04 PM
No way. Want to attend get a coaching job.
by on Sep. 16, 2013 at 4:35 PM
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the way I see it I gave birth to them and i pay taxes therefore if I want to sit in on a practice or two it is my Parental Right to do that. NO ONE will stop me from watching my kids do anything. If I am sitting on the bleachers just watching not screaming or yelling at my kids then I have every right.. Now if I am consistantly causing problems then that needs to be dealt with but until then again I say it is my Parental Right....
by on Sep. 16, 2013 at 4:36 PM

to sit and watch..YES.
to interfere or intervene NO (unless there is some absusive thing going on) 

by Anonymous 3 on Sep. 16, 2013 at 4:53 PM

as a former coach, I always allowed it.  I even allowed the other coaches to watch my practices with the boys.  The boys all respected me, worked very hard and had 3 years of undefeated seasons. 

I would hear rumors that other parents wanted to take over my winning team and the rest of the parents shot them down before anyone tried anything.

by Carin on Sep. 16, 2013 at 4:54 PM
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I think it depends on the age of the child. *shrug*

by Member on Sep. 17, 2013 at 7:29 AM
I don't care...I know in our school parents can sit in on practice if they want at the youth a matter of fact they like having the parents there because if the kid gets hurt it easy to find the parents.
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