SEASON-4 / EPISODE-9
The feminization of male sports in America
Since I was a kid, there have been many changes in the culture around sports. Something that I have noticed is that kids aren’t as generally as tough as they used to be. In this week’s episode, I discuss my thoughts on the feminization of male sports. What I mean by that is I believe that some kids need to be pushed harder or coached more aggressively and that has sometimes caused issue with the parents, specifically mothers, of my athletes.
This topic may be seen as controversial, but it is one I felt needed to be addressed. Coaching a woman is different from coaching a man and you can treat them equally, but you need to coach them differently. You’ll hear my experiences and my philosophies with dealing with mothers of athletes who may be overly protective and who have created an environment that may not be best for their son or daughter, how I am willing to sit down with any parent of my athletes and discuss with them how I best see their training, why I’m not interested in a parent’s evaluation of their son or daughter’s ability, and why coaching in an aggressive way can ultimately help teach excellence. I believe when it comes to sports, parents need to trust the coaches and too often, the dynamic between parent and coach is not conducive for the results we seek. Whether you agree with me or not, you’re going to want to listen.
LESSON FOR LEADERS
· The most important thing is that you care and are concerned for those around you.
· It’s okay to coach or teach people differently if you think they may take your message better if taught a certain way.
· Being willing to sit down and have a discussion with someone who may not share your same message can alleviate some tension and help you get on the same page.
· It never hurts to talk with someone beforehand about what you each see the benefits of working together are.
· It’s easier for you to stand by your philosophies if you have reason and insight into why they are the way they are.
· It doesn’t hurt to have someone who may not agree with your decisions to perhaps learn how you make your decisions.
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