Advice for the “Sports” Parent

Advice for the “Sports” Parent


Coach Dave Martin is the men’s basketball coach at the University of South Carolina.  He has some advice for parents who attend their child’s sporting events. In a nutshell, he says parents should keep their mouths shut, and if they can’t do that, then they should become the coach.

Your Turn: How would you describe your parents behavior at your sporting events? If you had any advice for them, what would it be?

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  1. I would say my parents act very differently at my events than my brothers. At swim meets they usually just sit and watch and don’t say much. At basketball games my mom occasionally says something but is usually quiet while my dad can get a bit loud. He says stuff to my brother or refs about bad calls. It annoys me because I know it won’t change anything. My bother will listen to the coach and he refs won’t change.