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I coach junior high athletes and am often in a bind having to juggle many other activities which my kids are also a part of. Some are school-related and some aren’t. I am hoping to get some advice on how other coaches manage students being a part of other extra-curriculars.

Are you fine with your athletes attending another practice provided they give you an advanced notice?

Are you fine with your athletes not being at practice so they can attend non-school related activities such as basketball/baseball camps?

Any advice you can offer on managing all the extras kids are a part of these days would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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  1. I feel that kids need to make choices about what extra-curricular activities to be in. You can’t be in everything! Until parents stop over-scheduling their kids this problem will occur. How does the leaders of the other activities feel about kids missing their activity? As a track coach, my activity is important too! the word we are looking for is DEDICATION! not a baby-sitting drop-off service.

    As you may tell this is a sore spot for me 🙂

  2. Kids today are in a lot of activities and it is hard to juggle with schedules. The most important thing is to create a schedule ahead of time and stick to it. Meet with the parents and kid and communicate the importance of being at practice and being a part of a team. I sometimes have to remind myself that these are kids and they may not be in charge of what they are doing. I work very hard on making my teams be the thing to be a part of. I have had kids quit other activities so they would not miss out on being with their team. Make it fun and rewarding andthey will want to be there. If not, then I give the kids leeway to do other things, they may not be on the A team relay or travel to all the meets, but, they do get a chance to be a part of our team.
    It is hard to be the team everyone takes for granted, but be firm and don’t let that happen, and then remember it is still going to happen.
    Good luck

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    Are you fine with your athletes attending another practice provided they give you an advanced notice?
    No, but in middle school I would probably be more flexible as it may be the first time for them in the sport. Even when they are freshman I will give them more leeway and if I don’t do a good enough job selling them on the sport then shame on me if they want to continue to miss practice the following years.

    Are you fine with your athletes not being at practice so they can attend non-school related activities such as basketball/baseball camps?
    If it isn’t consistent and once in a great while then yes.

    Any advice you can offer on managing all the extras kids are a part of these days would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!
    I wouldn’t take it personally. The best athletes will be in several sports typically and track may not be their first sport yet. If you push hard while in middle school they may decide to give up on the whole sport. Being more flexible early on will help the athletes try a lot of different sports.

    Just my .02.

    Tom Kaberna
    Lake Park High School

    1. I coached a jr hi team (6-8grade) for 4 years after 20 years of coaching HS girls. For most this was the first time they had been involved in anything that was a 5 day/week commitment. We were flexible with kids who had outside activity conflicts if we knew about them AHEAD of time. We asked parents to respect our need to know availability for lineups. If you give all or nothing ultimatums before kids have had a chance to try the sport some really good athletes may not try. This flexibility ultimately led to several travel soccer/softball/gymnastics kids choosing track over the other sports as 8th graders or freshmen. We had 150 kids on jr hi roster with 4 coaches so honestly sometimes when a few were missing, we didn’t worry about it. Good Luck and thanks for taking them on!

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