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Below we will be discussing how you can deal with a bad coach. I hope this can help! 

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There are 3 types of coaches that I would like to address in this article. 

1)- The coach who doesn’t know exactly what he’s talking about. Most of you have been exposed to some type of training, personal training, training videos (hopefully mine) etc. and it might be very different from what your position coach at school or on your team teaches. This is totally normal. I get this question at least 100+ times a year. High school coaches/ youth coaches you have to remember are volunteers. They are out there for you and genuinely (usually) care about you. So they mean well, sometimes I wish they would just stay in their lane and focus on play calling but everyone is a “QB Guru” these days and a “WR coach” and there is a lot of bad advice being tossed around. If you truly know what they are saying is wrong, for example “QBs hold the ball up by your ear” or “WRs beat the drum”… the advice just has to go in one ear and out the other. Like I said, coaches mean well so you never want to be disrespectful. What I tell my players in California is to say “yes sir” and the proceed to do it the correct way. Your coach at school or on your youth team just wants to win. So you can shut them up by performing. If you’re not performing you will never hear the end of it- even if the reason you’re not performing is totally different from what they are saying. So just know that going in, performance will always trump the bad advice given. Because at the end of the day that’s what coaches want… they want to win. 

2)- The coach who likes to yell and put you down. I always hated this type of coach. Sometimes you need the yellers and you need to get used to those guys- but I was always more of a player who resonated with coaches who ACTUALLY taught rather than just scream and put you down. And some people will say “oh stop being soft, back in my dad in the 1950s we had to do xyz…” and I get it. Sometimes kids can be very soft but there is a line between hard coaching and being a straight up asshole for lack of a better word. So with those coaches what I recommend is finding another coach on the staff who can serve as a buffer that you can talk with. When the coach who likes to yell is being hard on you, just be respectful, say yessir and then ask the other coach (the more reasonable one) separately for advice on how you can correct your mistakes. So you can actually learn, because a lot of kids just shut down. You never want to quit, that’s why the coach is yelling. He’s testing you to see if you will quit. So learn from it, get better and move on. That’s the only way you can get around a coach like this. 

3)- The coach who plays favorites. The easiest way to get around this is to never “leave it to the judges” as they say in boxing. Don’t let a position battle ever be close. You want to be better than your competition in every aspect of the game. Talent, weight room, speed etc.

Every coach plays favorites, but if you’re that much better then your competition… you can become a favorite. Just do what you need to do and KNOW YOUR PLAYS. I can’t tell you how many guys stay off the field because coaches don’t trust them with assignments. You should know your playbook like the back of your hand. Don’t give them any reason to keep you off the field. 

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