How to coach the team your child plays for
Have you taken over your child's team to keep it going? Or perhaps you’ve started a team to get them involved? Making the transition from parent to coach can be challenging. So, here's some advice that could help.
Whatever your experience, you now find yourself in charge of a team with your child playing in it. But don't worry. You're already used to guiding your child as a parent, it's just a case of transferring these skills to the pitch, but now as their coach.
The challenge is treating your child like all the other players. Here's some general advice:
- Pay attention to your body language and how you talk to your child (and about them) in front of others.
- Treat your child as an individual and be consistent with the treatment of all players. Don't favour your child, but there's also no need to be 'harder' on them – be fair and impartial.
- Don't define your child by their ability on the pitch; let them know that everything is possible.
- Call on support from other parents. Having a break and being 'mum' or 'dad' for a week can benefit you and your child.