If you’ve been coaching for any amount of time you’ve no doubt dealt with a parent or two that was a little too wound up or a little too intense over their child.
Find out a simple way to help ease the tension and prevent the player from being caught in the middle.
There are 3 key components to any softball team; the players, the coaches and the parents. We all are involved with the same team and yet we have completely different perspectives on that team. It’s a parent’s duty to protect and look out for their child and it’s a coach’s responsibility to look out for and coach the entire team.
Softball games are packed with emotions and people handle emotions differently – adults included. So to help prevent those explosive discussions that can often occur following games over things like playing time, who gets to start, and any other number of crazy issues try implementing the 24 hour rule.
The 24 hour rule simply states that nobody can talk to the coach about anything until 24 hours have passed following a game. This rule helps ensure that the emotion surrounding a game has settled down and that a more calm and logical discussion will take place. Words can’t be unsaid so it’s often best they aren’t said at all until calmer heads prevail.
To find out more ways to handle the emotion and issues surrounding the competition & pressure of a softball season check out A Coaches Guide to Creating Team Chemistry.