Doug Robinson: Are coaches meaner or society too sensitive?


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  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    April 23, 2013 12:25 p.m.

    There's actually research to back you up, Red, as opposed to what Jungle says!

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    April 23, 2013 10:33 a.m.

    There are plenty of other ways for kids to learn character and teamwork other than sports, something lost on most parents. Parents would do well today to start playing with their kids in the their own backyard before sending them out to the babysitters, his/her coach. What we have today is children leading children, driven there by parents who seem more like children than the children playing! It's just a game! Let the kids have fun! Go home and laugh!

  • thebig1 SLC, UT
    April 23, 2013 9:42 a.m.

    We have coaches at our high school that are completely unglued about the team and their behavior. I don't know what happens but coaching takes it's toll on these folks.

  • Aloha Saint George Saint George, Utah
    April 23, 2013 9:28 a.m.

    This is a great discussion. I think that allowing teachers who are learning a craft such as coaching has been a great thing. They are more accountable on how they teach kids. They also get more out of a kid when there is mutual respect. The kids learn more and develop greater character. The greatest influence a coach has is by their example.

    The down side, is that teachers aren't commonly competent in teaching certain sports and activities. There are a few that are excellent, others, have no clue. For example, that Cate guy from Cottonwood area sounded like a great teacher. Crowshaw is also a great coach, not good to throw a guy like that under the bus. This brings up another topic in trying to address parents who have thrown coaches for various reasons. Allowing a coach to pay himself is great- Utah particularly has some work to do. Still too many egos.

    The coaches that are bullies in the past; that who I looked to as mentors. I'm glad they're becoming more and more whittled out.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    April 23, 2013 8:59 a.m.

    I played College Football and have coached youth sports for many years.

    I have seen many coaches lose their temper and throw childish tantrums and yell at players.

    It is totally inappropriate! I helped hold back several teammates who wanted to go after coaches who were bully's. I should have let them attack. Maybe this problem would have been addressed years ago.

    The great day of coaches terrorizing players is over.

    If a coach can't motivate and inspire players using enthusiasm and great words, than they are a loser and we shouldn't let them influence our kids.

    "They just want to get the best out of their players" is a cop out and should not be tolerated.

    It's time to stand up to bully coaches! I wish I did back then, and I am ready to now. Loser coaches, you have been warned. Shape up or face the consequences. I'm positive there is a whole bunch of people who feel the same way.

    You can't shame us away by calling us "sensitive". We are right!

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    April 23, 2013 6:09 a.m.

    Feelings will get hurt, egos will be shot down. that is what a coaches do. Get over it.