I volunteer head coach a small eight and under football team sponsored by a church/k-12 school. Most of the family’s on the team go there. With my team huddled around me I was yelled at by one mom moments before a game to be followed by a big man who ran up to me spitting in my face while screaming at me he’s on the athletic board and I’m done to get out of here, while another mom said “when I saw you last year I said oh hell no and told everyone about you from college” (i’m 46) I took the verbal abuse and started crying because my twin 7yo are on the team. I finished the game and left. The coach and official representative who gave me the position for the last two years (and was absent) said he shouldn’t have done that and I broke down and had to get off the phone
Parents yell at coaches, referred, scorekeepers, and groundskeepers. It comes with the territory. Either learn to ignore them or find another pastime.
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If this is the way parents treat a volunteer coach, maybe they do not deserve your time and effort. Maybe you should coach another team, or stop volunteer coaching altogether.
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