Should coaches give equal playing time?
Playing time is not equal for all athletes and can destroy a team if the coach allows it. The coach has the most responsibility when it comes to handling playing time. There are key things a coach should do to make sure that everyone is on the same page.
What does bad coaching look like?
They use fear, humiliation and demeaning, disrespectful behaviors as “teaching” tools. They are emotionally and sometimes (indirectly) physically abusive. They directly and indirectly pressure athletes to continue to play when injured. They regularly kill the fun and passion that their athletes once had for the sport.
Why do coaches pick favorites?
Coaches often play favorites in sports. They may give their favorites more playing time than other children. Often, coaches prefer players who show up on time, try their hardest and score during games. They sometimes favor players whose personalities mesh with their own: Communicating with these children feels easy.
What do you think about coaches who mistreat players?
There are a lot of politics at this level and coaches allow their own issues and selfish needs, not to mention their alliances with other parents to get in the way of their doing their job and doing it fairly. Any coach who mistreats players the way you describe should not be coaching.
Do most coaches feel this way about playing time?
I think that you will find that most coaches feel this way. So if you are unhappy about playing time and think that you or your kid is better than the kids who are playing, perhaps it is because the other kid is more of a team player, is coachable and has a good attitude. Parents if you find yourself in that situation, that the fault is all yours.
What to do if you are not playing time?
If you are still not getting playing time, it may be time to approach the coach. Be the one to approach your coach. Sending your parents to address your coach first is the more natural step, but it does not portray ownership and responsibility.
What should a player expect from a coach?
Aside from early youth sports, players should expect not to play as much as a higher skilled teammate. Coaches are often under challenging decisions of placing a player in the game to give them more time versus playing the athletes they need to win. The result is a benched player.