I have had a front-row seat to hundreds if not thousands of high school sporting events over more than 40 years and much has changed over that time.  While there has always been issues with parental behavior it has clearly become a bigger one and not just here but everywhere.  What parents should do is watch and cheer their children and team but there are far too many cases where their behavior crosses the line and becomes a problem.  Many youth and high school coaches have been driven out of their jobs by over-the-top parents who question their every move and often do so publically which can be embarrassing to their own children.  By the way you can now add officials/referees to the list of those who have been driven to the point where they hang up their whistle.

I believe that most parents simply want what is best for their sons and daughters but where the problem usually lies is they are poor judges of talent when it comes to their own children.  I know many former standout athletes and even more former coaches who when it came to their kids had an inflated opinion of their abilities.  The reason is simple…they are not thinking with their head but their heart, which by the way we all do at times.

I’m way past the time when my children played high school sports and I’ll be the first to admit that I second-guessed their coaches on more than one occasion.  However I always kept that to myself and my wife but never to their coach and even more importantly not to them.  I was honest in knowing that neither was going to play past high school and in the end all I really wanted was for them to have the best experience possible.  This applies to 93% of those playing high school sports as only 7% will play a varsity sport in college and less than 2% will do so on the Division 1 level and/or earn a scholarship

Support your kids by showing up and cheering for them.  In the end that’s what most of them want.

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