Take off your coach’s hat at home. Don’t over-practice, or over-coach, with your child at home. Since you are the parent, and the coach, this could lead to your child feeling a bit overwhelmed and confused. Ultimately, this can lead to them wanting to quit the team.
Keep things fair and equal at all times. Be a parent at home, but be a coach at games and practices. The ability to make fair and honest decisions dealing with your children and other team members will strengthen the respect that your child will have for you. (As well as the rest of the team.)
Tell the truth. Be open and honest with other parents when dealing with team issues. (Even if they
involve your kid.)
Spread the praise around. Give your child praise, but avoid showing preferential treatment like giving extra playing time or special duties to your child. Conversely, avoid diminishing you child’s playing time or giving less one-on-one time in an effort to show that you are not playing favorites, as your child will begin to feel unfairly treated. It’s a tough balance, but one that a coach/parent needs to be aware of.
Don’t talk about other players on the team in front of your child. This places him/her in a complicated situation and may taint their relationship with other players. He/She is a member of the team, not your co-
Give a co-coach or assistant permission to coach your kid. When it comes to receiving recognition, critique or discipline, players sometimes prefer or give more credence to someone other than their own parent. A Co-Coach may shy away from coaching the coach’s kid – so give them permission.
Being aware of the coach / parent balance will make a stronger relationship for you and your player.