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Letter: Coaching and yelling

Published: Sunday, April 13 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

I respectfully disagree with the article by Timothy R. Clark ("The 'tell-yell' model of coaching," April 9). As an athlete growing up, I found that I not only learned the most from coaches who gave constructive criticism through yelling, I also felt that they cared for me the most.

I admit that this sort of leadership shouldn't come until the athletes are at least in junior high, when they are able to separate their behavior from their own selves. Also, care must be taken not to go into the realm of emotional abuse. However, such yelling can help a youth to recognize that criticism doesn't equal demeaning language.

I felt that coaches who yelled not only had a passion for the game, but a passion to help me improve. My JV basketball coach at Viewmont was such a coach. If he didn't yell, I felt as if he'd given up on me. Also, when I went on to grad school and into the workforce, I wasn't surprised or depressed when given criticism (whether constructive or not.) I had learned that this was a normal part of growth.

David Black

Bountiful

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