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As spring sports season is well underway, just wanted to take a moment to write to the “Coach” leading any and all youth sports

Dear, Coach

Thank you! We see you and appreciate you! While this letter is to express our deepest gratitude for you, it is also a reminder for the sideline parents who MAY need some perspective out on the field, court, park, etc. We KNOW…

  • You are a volunteer, offering your services & time without fee nor charge. Thank you!
  • You might be a mom, dad, grandpa or grandpa who simply loves his/her (grand)child. Thank you!
  • You might be a single adult who simply loves the sport and investing in youth. Thank you!
  • You are probably not a former professional athlete who lives and breathes this sport. Thank you!
  • You are teaching our child the fundamentals of the sport. Thank you!
  • Your job is NOT to push our child to the brink of a nervous breakdown on their road to athletic stardom. Thank you!
  • More importantly, you are teaching our child invaluable life lessons and developing his/her character for on and off the field. Thank you!
  • You do NOT deserve to be yelled at or criticized. If we could do better we should have probably volunteered ourselves. Thank you!
  • You do deserve our support. Likewise, our kids deserve our encouragement from the sidelines NOT more coaching…that’s your job. Thank you!
  • You wrack your brain with the game line-up trying to discern best dynamics, skills, strategy and SO much more. Thank you!
  • You are doing your best week-in-and-week-out. Thank you!
  • Coaching is not easy, but you stepped up and we know our child was placed on your team for this season for a reason. Thank you!
  • There will be high-stress competition throughout the season and you’ll take on the greatest percentage of that with pressure from the sidelines and the referees/umpires. Thank you!


Supportive sideline parents

Disclaimer: In the rare occasion you may have that coach who is overly critical and competitive. While the majority of these statements then may not apply, still try to find some perspective and communicate as best as you can. Bottom line, be there to support and encourage your child NOT be a sideline/stands coach adding to your child’s pressure. 

Liza Gant
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