How to Deal With Bad Parents on Your Youth Football Team

I used to wonder how some people can be jerks all the time. I have concluded there are just bad people in this world. I assume they live miserable lives, have crappy jobs and are “the glass is half empty” kind of people. These people look to make everyone else miserable and you as the coach of the youth football team become a primary target.

Just because some jerk cannot stand his life or job does not give him/her the right to disrespect you, you’re coaching staff or your youth football team. These parents are never satisfied. They are critical of everything, from the offense you run to the way you run a practice. You need to have a game plan in place for when one of these jerks try making trouble for you.

Many times, it has nothing to do with you, but the parents have issues with some other kid’s parents on the team. Conflicts from another sport start to creep into your youth football team.

First, have a zero tolerance policy for all parents. Make sure at the parent’s youth football meeting you set the rules. Let them know what is not allowed at practices and games. Tell them when they can approach you and when it is not a good time. I have had nut jobs make a scene at games or interrupt an entire practice. I always make myself available before and after practice for any questions.

Second, let the parent’s know there will be consequences if they do not listen. Do not make threats just tell them the facts. You have www.ufabet to make sure your youth football’s administration will back you up. My favorite consequence is playing time for their child. Nothing shuts up the big mouth quicker than this. You again need to check with the youth football administration and if it is OK sit the player down. Unfortunately, it does come to this with some idiots.

Third, ban them from all football events. If the situation goes beyond sitting their kid, ban them. I have had Dad’s watch the youth football game form their car in the parking lot. His choice since he knew he could not bite his tongue.

Fourth, file charges with the local authorities. I have been threatened just one time in 20 plus years but all it takes is one nut job and who knows what will happen. If anyone makes a physical or verbal threat be prepared to involve the authorities.