There’s a reason your organization sponsors your sport.
It might be to keep kids off the streets. Or to win a national championship. Or to fill seats.
In a system of coaching like that you have an obligation.
To do what the system requires you to do. Such as:
- Recruit athletes. Check.
- Fundraise. Check.
- Monitor grades. Check.
- Try to win contest. Check.
- And on and on.
Yet beyond what you are asked to do, you (we) have a higher obligation.
That obligation is to protect the people involved in the system.
“People” such as the athletes, other coaches, referees, spectators, and even parents.
As coaches we can’t relinquish the obligation we have to protect those others.
Sure, it’d be easy to think, “Come on Man, give me a break, that’s not why I became a coach.”
Yep, but you don’t have a choice.
In sports, today—right now—there are too many bad examples of the system not working right and people getting hurt.
Bad things being done.
When the system sputters coaches like you and I need to step up, speak up.
For the good of our profession, the sport, and the people involved.
Sometimes systems doesn’t work as intended.
When that happens the cogs need to empower themselves, and direct the system back on track.