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Bob Lyons said:

Coaches do need to engage with parents in regard to general issues, but parents being too close to sessions is very disruptive. This comment from your blog sums it up - "If parents are too involved at training, the child will look for guidance and reassurance from the sideline as opposed to focussing and listening to the coach."

9 days ago
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Nick Kershaw said:

I personally do not mind parents attending archery sessions. Sometimes they are a positive influence, other times they can be downright dangerous. I do enjoy it when parents are watching and congratulate their kids on doing well. The kids are happy to show off their skills with a bow, I have to admit that I enjoy competitive parents getting lower scores than their kids ..

I had been coaching two young boys, concentrating on getting their hands and arms in the right positions to hold the bow, draw the string and release the string in a basic way but in a much safer way and method than they had been when they came to me.
I had them holding the riser properly and with their arm in the right position. I had to leave the sports hall for ten minutes and left the family under the supervision of an experienced archer.
When I returned the archer was assisting #1 and the father was busily undoing all my previous work with #2. As I was explaining to the parents why I didn't allow parents to handle my kit, the assisting archer took #2 to the shooting line and ... #2 managed to somehow get the string caught between his wrist and the front of the arm guard (bracer) he had been wearing resulting in an ice pack on his wrist. (We insist that all children use a full length arm guard for safety reasons ) Probably holding the riser like dad said to !!!!

One of the first things parents get now is a full extended safety briefing, not just on the fire exits, emergency actions, this is now a standard briefing. They have to stay in the area set aside for spectators and they also get a parents code of practice, including a welcome to the club letter detailing how we expect parents to behave!!!
I don't know of any parent that hasn't appreciated the information. Now if they want to help they can join the club as a non;-shooting member and help with the club.

9 days ago
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