Verbal intimidation has always been the backbone of physical competition.
Throughout history, the sports world has been flooded with colorful characters who possess a flair for the dramatic. But all are fearless in their pursuit of vocal greatness.
There are far more important things at stake here than whether a kid wins or correctly learns the x's and o's.
Good coaches teach their athletes how to be better people in the world and they use their sport as nothing more than a vehicle for this teaching.
They use fear, humiliation and demeaning, disrespectful behaviors as "teaching" tools.
They are emotionally and sometimes (indirectly) physically abusive.
These coaches have lost their way and strayed terribly far from the true mission of coaching. Does it help a child understand exactly what he/she is doing wrong and what they need to do to fix it and improve? Does it motivate an individual to want to work even harder to improve?