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(Flickr/D. Clow - Maryland)
(Flickr/D. Clow - Maryland)

Chances are you've seen it. You're at a youth football game, a ref makes a bad call, and it's not the kid who flips out - but a parent. Just a simple browsing of YouTube turns up plenty of footage of parents and coaches behaving badly at youth sporting events.

And if you've ever coached, you've probably been in the middle of it too often. It's understandable that parents want to root for their kids, but sometimes they forget that the point of sports is to let the children play.

And how parents behave on the court — or the diamond, or the field — matters greatly to none other than Doc Rivers, head coach of the Boston Celtics. So much so, he's a member of the national advisory board of a nonprofit called the Positive Coaching Alliance, which teaches parents and coaches how to build character through youth sports.

We talk with Doc Rivers and members of the Positive Coaching Alliance about why in a win-at-all-costs world, great parent coaches matter more than ever.


  • Doc Rivers, head coach, Boston Celtics
  • Eric Eisendrath, lead trainer, Positive Coaching Alliance
  • Rob Crawford, school administrator and coach, Fay School

This program aired on November 8, 2011.