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Jack Perconte

Rashoman - What a Second Guesser?

 
One coach explained a play like this, another remembered it as something else, while a few parents described it in a different way?
 
Coaches, do you know about The Rashoman Effect? You should, it will help you. The Rashoman Effect is when various people observe the same event but remember it differently. For example, two people, even those who are sport knowledgeable, can observe the same actions and have very different viewpoints of what they saw. Player confusion often follows because everyone tells them multiple solutions based on each’s version of play and strategy.
 
Worse yet for coaches, it leads to a lot of second guessing from parents. With that in mind, coaches should remind parents to please:
* Avoid the second-guessing. Remind them that you will make moves to the best of your ability based on what you see and your evaluation of the situation, even though that may differ in opinion.
* Limit any second-guessing in front of their kids after games. In time, that leads to a loss of coaching credibility.
* Speak to you in private for any major concerns so a second-guessing culture doesn’t form with all parents.
* Let the coaches do the coaching in games and simply cheer for the team.
 
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