UPDATE: The coaches of the vaunted Oregon Ducks football team have taken a no-yelling approach.
Imagine this scenario: A teacher, let’s say a middle school math teacher – an adult, trained educator – stands off to the side of a classroom, yelling at students as they try to complete a geometry test. “Good, good. Yes, A squared times B squared equals…? You can do this. No, not a rectangle. that’s a trapezoid! Come on! What are you doing? We’ve practiced this.”
Hard to imagine such a scenario.
This The Atlantic article calls out some coaches as “the real bullies at school.” Thought provoking. Demeaning language and harsh coaching methods: are they harmless? “They're children; it can't be good for them.” (Some links below.)
This article, too, follows the same theme: “Our kids are being emotionally destroyed.”
I truly believe that this kind of negative coaching behavior is rare at SOIS, though I shamefully admit that I am guilty of having acted this way before on more than one occasion. Now, older and as a parent of Sabers athletes, I am more mindful of coaches’ behavior, especially my own.
- Sabers Sportsmanship
- Safe4Athletes handbook (website)
- Safe4Athletes handbook (pdf; full version)
- Study about effectiveness of ethical and abusive coaching styles
- The Good, the Bad, the Ugly "Specific behavioral and attitudinal frequency data suggest that there are significant ethical problems occurring in many youth sport programs."