One of my passions as a teacher has been coaching. I have been coaching volleyball since I started teaching and have had so many satisfying experiences with athletes and their parents during the volleyball season.
I coach grade 8 and 9 girls and have already had two tryouts and one set of cuts. I think any coach will tell you that the absolute worst part of coaching is telling a young person who desperately wants to be on the team that they just didn’t make it this year.
I remember the days of my own schooling when coaches would put up a list that contained the names of the athletes who made it. It was a traumatic experience for many. When I started coaching, I did that too. That’s how its done, right? Then I saw the devastation, the embarassment that kids endured because of the list.
I realized…our kids deserve more than that.
So coaches, this is my plea to you. If you are still using the list as a way to let your athletes know if they made the team, please stop.
One on one discussions are sometimes difficult for coaches but they are necessary. Athletes need to know the reasons why, what they can improve on for next year and they need to know that you care for them and support them.
Also they need to have time to digest the information before they face their peers.
Give them the respect they deserve and talk to them face to face.