Clearly, this is neither healthy nor necessary. Parents should be very welcome and valued members of the sporting family. They have the potential to contribute a great deal. They have the right to be close to, and to enjoy, their children’s sports experience in healthy ways.
Philosophical considerations become important because coaches have to decide whether to develop general athleticism first and sport-specific athleticism second – or develop a quick fix for instant success.
But this disrupts normal progress and may trigger the participant or resort to a quick fix, instant success method. The latter tends to backfire, often resulting in stale phases that interfere with the athlete’s normal progress.
This quick fix method tends to create frustration and motivational problems; this may trigger the athlete to drop out of the activity. [Read more…]