10 Questions To Ask Your Child’s Coach
How to tell if your kids’ coach knows what he’s doing.
Despite all the jokes about “helicopter” (i.e. hovering) parents, you can never be too careful when it comes to the sports your child plays. Not only should they be trained correctly (just the way a personal trainer shows you the right way to do an exercise), they should also be wearing the proper equipment and have a supportive, not abusive, coach.
Here, according to SafeKidsUSA, a nonprofit group devoted to protecting children, are a few questions to ask the person who will have charge of your children:
*What’s your background? What’s your experience with children?
*Are you trained in CPR or first aid?
*How often do you give water breaks?
*What do you know about sports-related injuries and what do you do to reduce the chance of them happening?
*Do you know the signs and symptoms of a concussion? What is your plan if a concussion occurs?
*Do you know about heat-related illnesses?
*Do you require protective equipment and check to see if it fits properly?
*What’s your philosophy on winning?
*How do you typically run practice?
*Are you OK with parents coming to watch practice?
Although asking all those questions might seem like you’re interviewing a coach for a job, that’s actually what you’re doing. You’d do the same for any babysitter or caretaker for your kids.
Now all you have to worry about is those crazy parents who come to the games… (safekidsusa)
Jane Farrell is a senior editor at BettyConfidential.