Youth Sports and coaches
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I would LOVE to come to the IYCA Summit because I am a parent who cannot find an avenue to gain any traction on promoting proper coaching in our area.
I have approached coaches and subsequently left clubs, attempted to get the Positive Coaching Alliance involved in a club whose president now avoids me and any correspondance at all costs, and approached the state and national youth soccer associations about proper training for kids who refuse to openly address the issue.
I have prepared a complaint for small claims court to obtain $1200 in club fees when we left a club who supported a coach who had my then 11-year-old running a mile until he fell over and vomited having never run for training purposes in his life (and found out that he shouldn’t be at this age).
We found a small starter club with excellent coaches who finally acquiesced to the pressures of the authoritative organizations who were obviously in a political battle with this group who did not “play their game.”
I even have my family wondering why I have to cause so much trouble. Why?
Because no one is going to be allowed to ruin my son’s love for youth sports soccer OR his physical well being 1 more time!
I have read and researched hundreds and hundreds of articles as well as read Brian’s daily emails. I’m FURIOUS about this!!
Dr. Kwame Brown:
Thank you so much for sharing this. I think that there are those who often fail to understand how damaging this "control" and "pain" philosophy can be in youth sports. We are slowly ripping youth sports away from kids and making it about what we want for them. We also have bitten so hard on to the so called "survival of the fittest" thing that we think competition is the only way to be healthy. There is also enjoyment, cooperation and understanding. Those things are just as important to a human’s life and survival as competition.
I applaud and am inspired by your effort and your tenacity here. I often say at the end of my talks that the responsibility is ours. When we see something that flies inthe face of everything we know is healthy for children, we must speak up. We must take action. You are doing so. The IYCA will help you in any way we can to bring about change for the better in your community. To wit, I would love to hear privately some more details about your issue, the organization you are referring to.
I will finally counsel you to breathe deeply through your fury to find understanding. It will be far more useful to figure out why this organization is behaving the way it is to focus your "attack". Have you thought about going to the media? Youth sports, and hypercompetitiveness has actually been a hot topic. If you can tie this in with overuse injury, you may get some "play" from the news organizations. We have a lot of information on our member site about how to put together press releases. Brian and Pat are both masters at this.
We look forward to speaking with you to further your aims, and most importantly, to better your son’s play experience. It is my hope that through strength in numbers, our organization can gain some traction.
What do you think?