Do you think it is right for a coach to force their son to play?

United States
August 26, 2012 8:55pm CST
I don't. So often coaches will force their children to play the sport they coach whether or not the child wants to or is any good at it. What are your feelings on this subject?
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• United States
27 Aug 12
Definitely never a good idea to force a child to stay on a team just because you are the coach. This could very easily cause resentment and the child might lose just to get back at you.
@Shavkat (62401)
• Philippines
27 Aug 12
I don't think it is not a proper thing to do. The child has its own prerogative in life. They have the rights to choose and to refuse.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
27 Aug 12
I think that it depends on the situation. If the coach/parent is forcing their child to play simply so that they are able to coach a team, then I don't think that it is right for a coach to force their child to play. However, if the child wanted to play the sport and then decides during the season that they want to quit, I do think it is right to force a child to play. This isn't just because their parent is the coach of the team, it is also because of the fact that if the child quits, they are not only letting their coach/parent down, they are also letting the entire team down. I would never allow my children to quit during a season, whether I am a coach or not.
@Suzieqmom (2763)
• United States
27 Aug 12
If one of my sons tells me that they want to play a particular sport, and I sign them up and pay the fee, buy all of the equipments, etc., and then my husband or I volunteer to coach their team, then yes, I would force them to play the rest of the season even if they decide they don't like it. However, after that, I would never force them to play another season, nor would I force them to play a sport that they never wanted to play to begin with. The only exception was swimming; I required both of my sons to take basic swimming lessons so that they would learn how to swim. However I would never make them participate in swim team or any other competitive swimming if they didn't want to. Another question--not sure why someone would be coaching a sport that his or her kids don't play? Wouldn't it make more sense for a parent to become involved in something the child is interested in?
@ARIES1973 (9531)
• Legaspi, Philippines
27 Aug 12
Even if came from the same family, chances are we have different interests so it is not a good idea to force our children into something that they do not like.
• Malaysia
27 Aug 12
It is not right to force people to do things they don't want to do. People have a right to choose and we should respect their choice. Parents have even more responsibility to try to understand their children.
• United States
27 Aug 12
I think that is just terrible and it should not be done. how cna a child make it good on the team without a drive to be good and a want to be there. it is just another form of abuse.