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Legal standards and health risks in sports today have made coaching a more stressful endeavor. National and local certifications require that coaches be able to spot a concussion or stop bullying. Coaches have taken a larger role educating their athletes not only on sports, but also on social issues. Moreover, we must communicate these life lessons amidst the noise of a “give it to me now” world with 24-7 interaction with our iPods, iPads and texting. We accept that the days of “just coaching” are a thing of the past.
Here are five suggestions for parents to better build that coach relationship as you move through your local youth league to higher levels of competition. These suggestions will help you, your young ones and their coaches enjoy the ride.
An edited version of this story appeared in the May 2012 edition of Lacrosse Magazine, the flagship publication of US Lacrosse. To start your subscription, become a member of US Lacrosse today.
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