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Coaching Your Own Child

Youth Coaching Survival Skills: coaching your own child

 

Written by Tucker White – US Lacrosse CEP Trainer

As the season approaches, many of you will find yourselves in the all to familiar situation of coaching your own son or daughter. Positive Coaching Alliance provides valuable tools to help coaches with this particular situation. Here are three tips excerpted from the Coaching for Winning and Life Lessons Workshop. More can be found in the workshop workbook you receive when you take the course online or in-person.

1) Ask permission. Ask your child whether or not they want you to coach their team before you sign up for this role. During this discussion, be sure to explain why you want to coach the team and how you will coach the team (coaching philosophy).

 

2) Recognize that you wear two hats. One hat is for your role as parent. The other is the coach’s hat.

Explain this to your child before the season. Tell him that you will need to treat him just like everyone else on the team when you are wearing your coach’s hat. Assure him that when you put your parent hat back on, he is the most important person in your life (along with other family members).

 

You can say to your child, for example after a game or practice, “I’m taking my coach hat off now and putting my dad hat on.” Some parent-coaches go so far as to have a special cap that they wear only when they are coaching their child’s team, and which they remove after the game.

 

3) Be sensitive to favoring or penalizing your child. Many coaches give their child advantages (like starting games or playing favored positions) that the child hasn’t “earned” by effort or talent.

Nothing poisons the well with other parents and players as much as when a coach unfairly favors her own child.

 

However, many coaches are harder on their own child than they are on other players, expecting them to be perfect. Because of our emotional commitment to our children, it is hard for us to be objective about our own child.

 

You may find it useful to ask another person (perhaps a trusted assistant coach, not your spouse!) for an objective evaluation of whether he thinks you are treating your own child fairly compared to how you treat other players on your team.

Clinic Schedule Date

 2011-2012 Boys Lacrosse Coaches Clinic Schedule Date

 

 

 

Clinic

 

 

 

Location

 

 

 

Website

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Box Lacrosse Coaches Clinic

Fitness & Sports Factory, King of Prussia

www.ailacrosse.net

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Duke Coaches Clinic

Live Online Streaming from Duke

www.GoDuke.com

Sunday, November 06, 2011

US Lacrosse Level 1 Coaches Clinic

United Sports, Downingtown, PA

www.uslacrosse.org

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Duke Coaches Clinic

Live Online Streaming from Duke

www.GoDuke.com

Saturday, December 03, 2011

IMLCA Clinic

Baltimore Marriott

www.lacrossecoaches.org

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Duke Coaches Clinic

Live Online Streaming from Duke

www.GoDuke.com

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Pennsylvania Lacrosse Coaches Clinic

Cabrini College

www.palacrosse.com

Friday, January 13, 2012

US Lacrosse National Convention

Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA

www.uslacrosse.org

Saturday, January 14, 2012

US Lacrosse National Convention

Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA

www.uslacrosse.org

Sunday, January 15, 2012

US Lacrosse National Convention

Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA

www.uslacrosse.org

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Duke Coaches Clinic

Live Online Streaming from Duke

www.GoDuke.com

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Hofstra University Coaches Clinic

Hofstra University

www.BlueandGoldLacrosseCamps.com

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Lehigh Valley Coaches Clinic

DeSales University

www.palacrosse.com

Sunday, February 12, 2012

US Lacrosse Level 2 Coaches Clinic

Palmer Community Center, Palmer, PA

www.uslacrosse.org

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Berks County Coaches Clinic

Alvernia University

www.palacrosse.com

Saturday, March 03, 2012

US Lacrosse Level 3 Coaches Clinic

TBA-Philadelphia area

www.uslacrosse.org

 

Coaching Drills!!!!!

Coaches,

We are constantly looking for resources to share toward the improvement of our players and organization.  Below are some links to websites featuring various lacrosse drills and skills for player development:

Should you come across a worthwhile website, please pass it along and we'll post it here on the Lightning Coaches' page.