Cussing is so prevalent in today’s world that many people almost don’t even hear it anymore. We are so desensitized to it that words that would have never been used when coaching kids 20 years ago are regularly being used today in youth sports.
No matter how you feel about cussing around kids or in youth sports, the fact is there are just some things cussing won’t do for a coach. Here are five of them:
- Profanity doesn’t make someone a better coach. It may shock the kids, or even get their attention. But it doesn’t mean that the coach is teaching skills and helping kids realize their potential.
- Profanity doesn’t get coaches heard any better. It may get the kids attention for a second, but kids hear profanity all the time, at school, on TV, in the movies, and maybe at home. Does swearing really give the coach an advantage?
- Profanity doesn’t set a stellar example. Using profanity sets the example for kids to use profanity. If it doesn’t bother a coach to hear 7-year-olds telling their teammates to get off their a**** or 12-year-olds telling someone he is playing like s***, then by all means, keep cussing. But if you want to be a great coach, you need to set a great example.
- Profanity doesn’t communicate clearly. In fact, it can be a crutch. If a coach doesn’t know enough about what he is doing, then sometimes cussing helps fill in the blanks, while relieving some frustration. Instead of telling someone to get off his a** and play ball, how about saying, “you need to hustle down the court faster and get set up to play defense”?
- Profanity won’t make a coach popular. To some parents, cussing is still offensive; they’d prefer that their kids not hear it all the time, or at all, when they are playing sports. Out of respect for those parents, coaches might consider different ways to express themselves.
Have you experienced a coach who constantly cusses? How did you handle it? Let us know in the comments below.