Posted by Coach from another sport on April 01, 2017 at 16:57:07:
In Reply to: Re: Coach is Old School posted by Coach on March 31, 2017 at 20:01:49:
: : : : : : : : : : : : My daughters coach is insisting that his team all wear the same team shoe and socks. I just spent a grip on flourescent shoe my daughter wanted. What should we do?
: : : : : : : : : : : Simple, undermine the coach's authority by not going along with the plan and not buying into the system and just allow your kid to do whatever they want. When your kid doesn't play because she doesn't do what the coach says to do. Then, go meet with the coach and demand a reason why your daughter doesn't play and it will all trace back to the fact that you spent a grip on florescent shoes to make your kid look cool versus allowing your kid to be a team player and follow the coach's wishes because maybe if you are on this team it is a tried and true system that works. But go ahead and do what you want because parent and player happiness is always what is more important than not being apart of a team.
: : : : : : : : : : And then you and your daughter can sit down and watch this together. After that, you can make your decision. Thank you by the way. Thank you for being a prime example as to why no one wants to coach any more... Fluorescent shoes... what a joke.
: : : : : : : : : : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FshSlvGVgTk
: : : : : : : : : Why should shoes matter. If the kid can go then my feeling is let them wear the shoes they like.
: : : : : : : : The fact that you even say that says enough. Thank god I don't have to coach your kid! She woudln't be playing for me!
: : : : : : : Some people don't know that they don't know. To quote Bob Dylan, "The times are Changing" As a high school basketball coach for over 26 years, I find it that we as coaches have to do more parenting to teach student athletes the life lessons that parents neglect to do!
: : : : : : We decide on a shoe color, then they kids can get whatever shoe they want as long as it is the agreed color. We do offer a team shoe because you get a good deal on them and they are cheaper, but every kid's foot is different so I am not big on the shoe. just the color so we don't look like a circus out on the court.
: : : : : Point taken on ALL accounts.
: : : : ::: I think the original poster wasn't trying to be anti-team. I think he was being practical. I know if I just bought my daughter a pair of shoes and then we get told by her coach that I need to buy new shoes? I know I couldn't do it. He's asking our advice with that situation. I am surprised a coach is asking to buy matching shoes now. Its too late for a HS coach to be asking and its surprising for a club coach to be asking. Did you expect to need team shoes or was this a surprise? If it was a surprise, then I would simply talk to the coach and let him/her know your situation.
: : : As one of the posters above said, decide on the color scheme of the shoe make them match as closely as possible. I understand for uniformity, because it does help when everyone is dressed alike and no one stands out from the team. That will play out during the game and season as the better players will step up and show what they can do.
: : Shoes should depend on what fits good, lightness of it and actually team color does contribute,
: As my name suggests, I coach. HS Varsity. When I took over my program, I allowed the girls on the team to wear whatever shoes they want. The reasons? 1) Nothing matters more in what basketball players wear more than the shoes. The girls need to be comfortable in whatever they are wearing. As someone stated previously, a 10 in one company doesn't feel the same as a 10 in another. 2) The shoe thing over the years as become such an important part of the landscape. I want the girls to be happy and comfortable, and if that means I have 12 different looking pairs of shoes on my team, so be it. Just my thoughts
Saturday our games are at San Fernando High School at 9 and 10:45.
I recommend "Play their hearts out" by George Dohrmann if you want to learn a little about how the shoe companies work with coaches in youth sports. My guess is the coach in this particular case was compensated in some way to be a "Nike" or "Addidas" or whatever team and that and not "being part of a team" is the only reason why a particular shoe is required.
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