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Jack Perconte

You Must Adapt, They will Usually Not

Coaches must be part time psychologists, as many of you know. A fine line exists, but treating everyone the same will not work. You must develop four personalities - one for each type player and parent.
All kids and parents are different, so you must observe them closely, beginning with how much the player wants to be there. In that way, you can provide the right touch with each individual. This determination tells the coach how hard they can work each player. Over doing the workload and insisting players work harder backfires with some kids.
Whereas, some lose interest if not challenged enough.
The same goes for the parents. Get a feel for how "into it they are." Some want their child pushed and others will balk if you put pressure on them.
Don't be naive and think you can change everyone to your way - especially the parents