They’re so in the spotlight that their bad behaviour is noticed.

If not witnessed first-hand, you see it in the people they coach. 

Signs of coaches behaving badly:

  • They yell and scream at players
  • They think nothing about being abusive to those around them
  • They’re over-involved in the game
  • They cause players to become emotionally over-aroused 
  • They misread success markers, thinking hype and aggression wins out over cool-headed tactics and composure
  • They think they’re bigger than the club, hard to reign in
  • They’re indifferent to constructive feedback.

Club Respect Advice

Step 1
  • It’s best not to work alone, you’ll need the support of others to make your case to this coach.
  • Talk constructively with others connected to the club (parents, supporters) to gauge their feelings and perspectives on the way the coach is behaving.
  • Find a time for discussion before or after training, don’t approach the coach on game day.
Step 2
  • There’s no substitute for working with reliable evidence and established facts. Do your homework beforehand to use as a reference point when the time comes. It will be much more effective and disarming than finger pointing or even ‘I feel’ statements. You can talk about the evidence-based things you’ve read as if you merely found it interesting and thought they might too.
Step 3
  • Familiarise yourself with any club coaching policies. You would expect this type of behaviour to be in breach of club expectations.
Step 4
  • If you don’t feel confident approaching the coach then take your concerns to the club committee. You should be able to speak personally to them, in confidence, or should be able to follow anonymous club complaint process.
Club Respect has created SMART steps to help you.