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The other day at a huge high school sports event, I watched a large, loud dad yelling at a ref. On the sidelines, the coach looked furious. Being abusive to an official not only models terrible behavior; it’s a terrible strategy.

I started to wonder: what other parental actions do coaches hate, that might not be so obvious? What other terrible lessons are well-intentioned parents teaching their kids, without even realizing it?

I set out to interview coaches, and consistently heard six things that drive them nuts and send bad signals … and what to do instead:



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