Reevaluating the Coach-Athlete Relationship
Script 1: Starting the Conversation
Parent: "Hey, I noticed that you've been really stressed out lately with your coach's demands. I want to talk to you about your coach-athlete relationship and see how you're feeling."
Child: "Yeah, it's been really tough. I feel like my coach is expecting too much from me and I'm not sure what to do."
Parent: "I understand. Did you know that according to recent research, it's important to reevaluate the coach-athlete relationship if the coach's demands are unrealistic or if the athlete is experiencing negative impacts on their mental or physical health as a result of the coaching behavior?"
Child: "No, I didn't know that. What does that mean for me?"
Script 2: Discussing Options
Parent: "Well, it means that we need to talk about some options. One option is to talk to your coach directly and express your concerns. We could work on what to say and how to say it so that you feel more comfortable."
Child: "I'm not sure if I want to do that. I'm afraid it will make things worse."
Parent: "That's understandable. Another option is to talk to the athletic association or your school's administration to see what resources are available. They may be able to provide support or help us figure out the best next steps."
Child: "Okay, that sounds like a good idea. What should I do first?"
Script 3: Encouraging Advocacy
Parent: "First, let's sit down and make a plan together. We can talk about what you want to say to your coach or what resources you want to explore. It's important that you feel like you have some control in this situation and that you advocate for yourself."
Child: "Okay, I think that would help. Can you help me come up with a script for what to say?"
Parent: "Of course. And remember, it's okay to reevaluate the coach-athlete relationship if you feel like it's not working for you. Your mental and physical health should always be a top priority."
These scripts can be adapted and modified based on the specific needs and concerns of the child and parent. Encourage the child to express their feelings and needs, and provide resources and support to help them make informed decisions about their coach-athlete relationship.