Jeff Kamikow, a mobile advertiser by day and little league coach by night, understands the issues that could easily arise from coaching your own child. It could also be an amazing experience for both of you. It really depends on how you approach the situation and whether or not you and your child are able to be objective throughout. You certainly don’t want a Great Santini moment. So how would Jeffrey Kamikow advise new coaches? Here are several points to keep in mind:
Make Sure Your Child Is Cool with It: Some children will jump at the chance to have their parent coach them. Others will be a little hesitant or may want some time where they are independent of their family life. Before you sign up, get the okay from the kid. And if your child is hesitant, explain your case.
Always Be Fair: If you have your child hit cleanup and he hasn’t had a hit all spring, this may cause some trouble in the clubhouse. It’s always good to be proud of your children, but you have to be fair. There are other children on the team, and you won’t be a hit with them or their parents if you show overt favoritism.
Wear the Coach’s Cap on the Field Only: Just because you’re the coach on the field during practice and at the game, it’s important to keep your boundaries. When you’re at home, make sure to take your coach’s cap off and just be mom or dad.
Coaching your own child can be an amazing experience. Just remember to keep these tips in mind when you’re out on the mound or the court to ensure it’s a positive experience for both you and your budding sports star.