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posted on 5/15/17 at 08:33 AM Reply With Quote
Coaching Ethics

I would like to pose a question to the group. Do you believe it is appropriate or ethical for a coach to be paid by parents to conduct private training for select players that are currently on a club team he is currently coaching outside of the club umbrella during the season? Since the coach is responsible for allotting playing time during club games, does he have a significant enough financial incentive to play those players, whose parents are willing and able to pay him independently to provide private instruction, above equal or more deserving players that are not participating in the private workouts outside of club team practice?
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posted on 5/15/17 at 10:57 AM Reply With Quote
That's something I've witnessed and experienced. It happens at every big club and dare say almost all where the coaches are paid--unless there is a club rule concerning this.
At minimum, it is awkward. I'm believe there is a fine line. A line that some coaches can't help but to cross. It can be both appropriate, and ethical, but yet change to inappropriate and unethical.
I'll be honest, my son receives periodic private training from a coach that is not employed by the club he is carded for--perfectly fine and not against the rules. There has been absolutely no mention of switching clubs by the coach. I have told every club team coach he has played for. Only once, have I thought my son was negatively impacted(the coach offered private lessons after me telling him about the other coach). It was something I couldn't prove, but at the end of the day, it was and still is about the way my son prepares for and performs in training and games.


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posted on 5/16/17 at 04:04 PM Reply With Quote
I think it is a very slippery slope.

To maintain propriety, I don't do it. So much easier to refer them to another coach. As a mentor told me long ago, avoid charging people for a job they are already paying for. They might tend to think they deserve guarantees and/or not getting their original money's worth.

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posted on 5/17/17 at 07:14 AM Reply With Quote
I think this is youth soccer and not a big issue in the greater scheme of things.


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posted on 5/17/17 at 07:05 PM Reply With Quote
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I think this is youth soccer and not a big issue in the greater scheme of things.





It doesn't have to be, but in a profession where my reputation is my biggest attribute, is something I wouldn't do.

I tell coaches I mentor to avoid the practice.

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posted on 5/17/17 at 10:49 PM Reply With Quote
Scenario: Player A gets private sessions with coach. Player A parent mentions to Player B parent. Player B parent likes the idea and does the same private sessions with coach, which cuts back coach's availability for Player A. Player B makes the top team the next year, Player A does not. You can use your imagination on how the rest of the story goes, especially with soccer parents involved.
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posted on 5/18/17 at 07:02 AM Reply With Quote
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I think this is youth soccer and not a big issue in the greater scheme of things.





It doesn't have to be, but in a profession where my reputation is my biggest attribute, is something I wouldn't do.

I tell coaches I mentor to avoid the practice.




I can agree with this, if you are a coach, best to avoid this situation. It is not worth the hassle/controversy that could result

But I would NOT call it unethical and think parents complaining about it need to take a chill pill.

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posted on 5/18/17 at 10:05 PM Reply With Quote
Coach should detail what said player needs to improve. Player then asks for trainer recommendations from coach. If none are suggested, player/parent do their own research, ask DOC, etc. and find someone capable within the club. If that person doesn't exist then the search expands outside the club.
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