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Problem parents are not the norm, but they do exist, and you should be prepared to deal with them. Problem parents come in many forms. They may be explosive with coaches, officials, or their children. They may quietly—or loudly—pressure their child to perform beyond the child’s ability. They may show up intoxicated at a game. You and your coaches must be aware of parent problems on your teams so that you can respond as quickly as possible.

Before continuing, read pages 91 to 93 in Directing Youth Sports Programs. As you read, ask yourself the following questions:

  • How have I handled parent problems in the past? Has my strategy worked?
  • How do I prepare my coaches to handle problem parents? Do I have policies in place to guide them?

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Directing Youth Sports Programs  online course by ASEP, 2006, Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
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