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Whoa, Momma!

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

"Drop back... look out behind you ... now take it around and SHOOT!"



Your child's coach here, wishing I had a better answer for the dad at my son's U-12 game who was39177523 frustrated by parents coaching from the sidelines. "How many coaches is each team allowed?" he asked.

Technically: Two and a team mom. But....

We don't have grandstands or fences, just painted white lines to stand behind. I was annoyed at the two yahoos who stood as close as possible and shouted explicit instructions to their sons, then jumped up and down hugging madly when they scored. The man who complained was our goalkeeper's dad; I feel his pain. But how do we enforce a no-parent-coaching rule without banning parents altogether? It's not like we can run up and penalize them.

Parents_2 Where is the line between coaching and cheering? What happens when they coach/cheer in Albanian, Farsi, Italian and Portuguese in addition to English and Spanish? We just throw up our hands and hope they're not saying anything dirty.

But I'm open to ideas. What does your league do?

-- Marlene Sokol,Times Coach


[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 10:57am]


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