Mascenic to host clinics for coaches, parents on Tuesday

  • The Mascenic baseball team traveled to Cooperstown, New York, to take on Hopkinton at historic Doubleday Field on Saturday, April 23, 2016. (Ben Conant / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, April 04, 2018 5:37PM

In a world where Lavar Ball is a well-known sports celebrity, it’s clear that the relationships between coaches, parents and athletes has been fractured. Everyone wants the same thing — athletic success — but if those three factions aren’t working together like a well-practiced three-man weave, they’re working against each other.

“I think a lot of parents nowadays don’t really realize how much of an effect they have because they think that what they’re doing is the best for their kid, but in turn they’re kind of destroying these relationships that these kids could be making,” said Mascenic boys’ volleyball coach Lauren Somero.

Look no further than Braintree, where multi-time state champion basketball coach Kristen O’Donnell was allegedly forced out by parents who thought their kids weren’t getting enough playing time. Grousing from the stands and contradictory advice at home can create a wedge between players and coaches.

“It harms their relationship with their coach when you're negative and it destroys everything the coach is trying to create,” Somero said, which, ultimately, are student-athletes who are winners with good character.

“If we have a standard of excellence within our programs and a standard of what’s expected of [athletes]...I genuinely believe they will be a better person after leaving our programs,” Somero said.

To that end, Mascenic will host a pair of clinics on Tuesday night at the high school.

At 5:30 p.m., Rob Miller of Proactive Coaching will lead “The Power of your Words,” a program designed to help coaches instill confidence in high school athletes and creating athletic competitive team culture.

“Especially with the girls’ programs at our schools, we see a lot of our competitive struggles that we’ve deduced have come from lack of confidence and we are always trying to work to improve that,” Somero said. “I think it starts at a really young age and if we can start to correct that problem at six years old in coach-pitch baseball, then we can have a more competitive athletic culture in our region.”

Coaches of all levels are encouraged to register and attend the two-hour session. To register visit bit.ly/ProactiveMRHS.

At 7:30, Miller presents “Parent’s Role in Athletics,” a free event for parents of athletes of all ages to help them work together with coaches toward the same goal.

“It's bigger than the rivalry, it's bigger than winning, it's bigger than everything - it's instilling character,” Somero said. “That's a big piece of why we do this.”

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/158797864797180.