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Parents Zone

As a parent, you play an integral role in contributing to the needs and development of youngsters. Through your encouragement and good example, you can help assure that all the boys and girls learn good sportsmanship and self-discipline. In youth sports, young people learn to work together, to sacrifice for the good of the team, to enjoy winning and deal appropriately with defeat - all while becoming physically fit and healthy. Best of all, they have fun!

What Is A Responsible Coach?

Perhaps no aspect of youth sports is more perplexing to parents than how to deal with their children's coaches. As a Responsible Sports Parent, how can you tell if your child has a Responsible Coach? And how can parents talk with coaches to make sure children have the best possible sports experience?

Here is the definition of a Responsible Coach from the companion to this site, Liberty Mutual's Responsible Coaching powered by Positive Coaching Alliance

Let's begin by explaining what a Responsible Coach is not. A Responsible Coach is not:

  • Soft
  • A source of empty, unearned praise
  • Satisfied with everyone just having fun.

Responsible Coaching actually is more difficult, challenging and rewarding than coaching with a win-at-all-cost approach. In addition to learning all they can about their sport, honing their "x's and o's," and competing fiercely for wins, Responsible Coaches are also committed to:

  • Ensuring player safety
  • Placing education and character development before wins
  • Coaching beyond the "x's and o's"
  • Coaching athletes to master their sports
  • Filling "Emotional Tanks" to improve performance and instill love of sport
  • Living and coaching by a code of Honoring the Game.

Even if you are the first sports parent in the world to have a Responsible Coach in every sport, at every level, for all your children, you still will have potentially uncomfortable conversations with those coaches. As a Responsible Sports Parent you should be prepared to address all types of coaches.


It is the responsibility of players and coaches to try to win. You have a much more important responsibility: making sure your children draw from sports the lessons that will help them become successful, contributing adults.

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