Mom, Dad: Stand up, but shut up

Mom, Dad: Stand up, but shut up

Coaches and students agree: Today’s problem is the parents
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The student-athletes’ message was loud and clear at the inaugural Southwest Colorado Sports Symposium: They want their parents to show up to games and either cheer and clap or simply shut up. Groups of about 60 students Tuesday said the youth sports culture’s major problem is parents who are either too involved or not involved at all.
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High school coaches Hope Siffert, Rob Coddington and John Bernazzani took part in the coaches session at the inaugural Southwest Colorado Sports Symposium on Tuesday at the Fort Lewis College student union, where they discussed how to communicate with athletic stakeholders and build a healthy youth sports culture in the Four Corners.
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The student session of Tuesday’s Southwest Colorado Sports Symposium included students from Bayfield, Durango, Ignacio and Pagosa Springs. Regardless of their school, student-athletes agreed meddling parents hurt high school athletics. “Parents need to take a step back,” Durango High School freshman Laura Lieb said.
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Former Denver Christian boys basketball coach Dick Katte has learned a thing or two after 52 years of coaching, seven state championships and an overall record of 873-233 ... and he’s seen plenty of things change. “The biggest thing that has changed: The kids haven’t changed, but parents have,” Katte said Tuesday at Fort Lewis College after giving a speech to the coaches about how to grow young athletes of character.
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