There is 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.
All are good reasons.
And in that process, you have a role.
Which is to keep the system moving forward.
As good coaches, we do what the system asks us to do:
- Recruit athletes. Check.
- Fundraise. Check.
- Monitor grades. Check.
- Try to win contest. Check.
- And on and on.
Yet beyond what the system asks, we have a higher role. An obligation.
That obligation is to protect the people who use the system.
“People” such as the athletes, other coaches, referees, spectators, and even parents.
As coaches we cannot relinquish the obligation we have to protect those others.
Sure, it’d be easy to think, “Come on, that’s not why I became a coach.”
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 being hurt.
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.