What do you do if your child’s volleyball coach is a bully?



ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – Tuesday’s 98.3 TRY social dilemma came from Donna and it’s her daughter’s volleyball coach. Here is his email:

Hi Jamie,

Here is my social dilemma. My daughter’s high school volleyball coach is a bully. I want to talk to the coach, but my daughter is afraid that if I speak, the coach will react by reducing her playing time. Other parents have reported this to the coach and the sports director and her behavior does not. has still not been treated and some players have had less playing time. She SCREAMS at the kids to the point that other teams are even commenting on the behavior of the coaches. Parents are told at the start of the season that they should not reach out to the coach. If there is a problem, it has to go through the student to the coach, but the coach does not want to hear “complaints” from the players. Plus, the coach has his sister on the squad and she clearly plays the favorites. I know training is a thankless job that takes a lot of sacrifice and hard work, but it is paid work and with it, shouldn’t there be a responsibility to at least be respectful to all players? ? My daughter will be playing the rest of the season for several reasons, she has an obligation to finish what she started, she loves to play and she enjoys the camaraderie with her teammates. My dilemma is, should we just let it go and move on and come to terms with the fact that there are bullies / bad coaches in this world or should we stand up and say it’s not fair to knowing that the result will not change?

Thank you I like

~ Donna

Well, it’s hard. I am a great believer in children who deal with their own problems at school with the advice of parents. But if you have a tyrant, that’s another story. I think I would try to get a group of parents together and then go to the principal. It would be my choice I think.

What advice do you have for Donna? What would you do in his situation? Let’s help her. Let us know on the NEWS10 Facebook page or let Jaime know on the TRY Facebook page.


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