Officiating would be a lot easier if you didn't have coaches second-guessing you, seemingly at every turn. That's part of the job that will never go away. But that doesn't mean you can't make matters better. You do that by talking with coaches rather than at them.
Coaches and officials have different jobs, but their goals should be the same: To provide a safe and fun environment for the players. Baseball-style, nose-to-nose arguments solve nothing and make you look foolish. Rather than argue with coaches, communicate with them. Here are some tips you can use.
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Bill had the following question:
I have been coaching 11- to 12-year-olds in youth football for 10 years. I just came across your site. The information you provide is fantastic. Thanks for helping the "rec" coaches.
Youth athletes take the field each season and have to learn new plays, positions and techniques. This can be a little overwhelming at times, but as a coach, there is something that can be done to make this initial learning curve much smoother. Before coaches are the ones doing the teaching, however, they should prepare for the upcoming season by doing a little studying of their own.