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How much should a parent be involved?

PLaying Time

Don't blame the coach for your child's problems or lack of playing time. Your child's struggles to succeed are your child's problems. Let him work them out without your interference. A player has every right to ask a coach what needs to be done to earn more playing time, for example. But a parent stepping in to demand playing time is another thing altogether.



1/6/2012 2:33:12 AM
Debbie said:

My 14 yr old son started this season as the team captain and point guard for the first 2 games. He played at least three fourths of those first 2 games. After that, his coach only puts him in the last 1-2 minutes of the game. My son has tried on several occassions to no avail to ask the coach why his playing time has been taken away.
As his parents, my husband and I approached the coach asking him how we could help our son improve his game. We were told my son had too many turnovers. I videotape every game and this statement is simply not true!!! Upon reviewing the tapes, his team mates have many more turnovers than my son! My son has been playing organized BB since he was 5 yrs old and has always been told by his previous coaches that he is very talented. Half of his team have never played organized BB, but were obviously selected because they are tall (5'10- 6-2"). My son is 5'3". As a point guard, he tends to set up the plays and is NOT all about shooting for himself (though he can make the shots). He is definitely more of a Steve Nash player. His current high school coach is the school's football coach times 5 yrs now and this is only his 2nd year to coach BB. This coach is now playing all the football players that were under his instruction at the beginning of the school year. My son did not play football. Needless to say, my son is very discouraged---and I don't know how to help him.


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