Parents need to shut up – sports expert

The Dominion Post 26 May 2007
Visiting American sports expert Bob Bigelow has a simple message for parents readying themselves to bark instructions from the sidelines this morning: “shut up”. Bigelow, a former basketball star brought to Wellington to speak at a coaching conference organised by Sport and Recreation New Zealand, says children playing sport have enough to think about without listening to their parents. “They can’t hear you, they don’t want to hear you, they can’t process the advice.”

Bigelow has a similar piece of advice for coaches. It is encapsulated in the title of his book on children’s sport, Just Let the Kids Play. Bigelow, a former Boston Celtic, wrote the book after becoming alarmed by the increasing involvement of adults in children’s sport.