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The Five Conversations I Want to Have with Parents

It’s Not About the Shark In 1974, the young film director, Steven Spielberg, faced a costly, growing problem. He was trying to make a movie about a shark, but he didn’t have a working shark. The mechanical sharks they had built for the movie Jaws wouldn’t stop...

How to Work with Parents Complaining About Playing Time

We are just getting into the middle of basketball, hockey, and wrestling season in America. Over the last few weeks, nearly every high school and college coach in my mentorship program has faced texts or emails from parents, complaining about their child’s playing...

3 Reasons Coaches Should Listen to Parents’ Concerns

Even About Things Parents Shouldn’t Be Concerned About 5 Minute Read or Listen on iTunes “I would like to meet with you to discuss my child.” Oh, the dreaded text a coach gets the evening after a hard practice or game! This text or email can lead to a few sleepless...

5 Commitments Coaches Can Make to Work with Parents

The New Challenge: Calling Parents Up, Not Out Years ago, when I was coaching in Ireland, I had a much different criticism of parents in sports. Generally, with some exceptions, the parents were uninvolved and uninterested in their son’s basketball games. Basketball...

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