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Advice To Sports Parents From Basketball Coach Steve Kerr

By Steve Kerr, Positive Coaching Alliance, 07/11/17, 11:45AM CDT


Warriors coach and five-time NBA champion Steve Kerr recalls his parents' roles in his own sports experience.

Advice To Sports Parents From Basketball Coach Steve Kerr

In this clip, Kerr talks about his advice for sports parents. He starts by sharing a bit from when he was a young athlete, including his temper tantrums around poor performances. His parents would watch the games quietly and not say anything until he had calmed down. Then they would approach him and try to teach him to change behaviors.

This influences his advice to sports parents to keep calm and quiet in the heat of the moment, avoid coaching from the stands and support their children learning life lessons through sports.

About Steve Kerr

Steve Kerr (@SteveKerr) is the Golden State Warriors Head Coach and a PCA National Advisory Board Member. Kerr is a five-time NBA champion and former General Manager of the Phoenix Suns. He entered the NBA as a second-round selection by the Suns (50th overall) in 1988. He played for six teams during his 15-year tenure (Phoenix, Cleveland, Orlando, Chicago, San Antonio and Portland). He was a part of NBA championship teams in Chicago in 1996, 1997 and 1998, and then won two more rings with the Spurs in 1999 and 2003.

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Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) develops BETTER ATHLETES, BETTER PEOPLE through resources for youth and high school sports coaches, parents, administrators and student-athletes. PCA has partnered with roughly 3,500 schools and youth sports organizations nationwide to deliver live group workshops, online courses and books by PCA Founder Jim Thompson that help those involved in youth and high school sports create a positive, character-building youth sports culture.