Parents as assistant-coaches

When you coach a kid you coach her parent. Period.

Some coaches don’t like to get a player’s parents involved in the teaching of the athlete for that reason. I find it can be a huge advantage for myself, and the athlete in the long-run though.

First, here are two of the reasons why I think coaches don’t like to involve the parents:

1. Parents reinterpret what is being taught, and change it. Yes, this happens. I continually have to reinforce what I want and why, but for the amount of times I have to do that compared to the upside—it’s worth it.

2. Students will leave if the parent is taught what the coach knows. Yes, this has happened with some of my students. I have quite a few dads, and even moms that are now good pitching coaches in their own right. I like to think I had something to do with it.

That’s how I started.

I used to take my high school pitchers to Ernie Parker for lessons when he was living in Orange County (California).

Then—after a couple of years—I started giving lessons, but if it hadn’t been for taking my players to lessons I would never have realized I have a knack for teaching pitching.

Read the rest of this series here this Thursday, Aug. 26.

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