Two weeks ago
Youth Coaching Behaviour
Keen to get some experienced thoughts on the following situation which in my six years of following youth basketball has never occurred. It happened at an u14 game on the weekend.
Anyway, like every other game, officiating was poor, leading to great angst between both the players and parenting group. The level of complaints was probably above norm on this occasion and escalated at the very end. As the siren blew, Player 1 from team A who has control of the ball comes under pressure and appears to deliberately elbow a player 2 from Team B who is trying to grab hold of the ball. There isn't much in the elbow really but you can see it was deliberate. So already somewhat frustrated, player 3 from team B witnesses the elbow and shoves the player using 1 hand on his shoulder from a side angle. You could describe it as "Cut that crap out" type shove.
As the teams are coming together to do there end of game huddle and cheer, the father of Player 1, who is also the coach of the team starts yelling obscenities at Player 3 saying “Next time you do, do it to his face so he can see you, don’t push him like a girl, push him like a man” clearly frustrated and trying to incite further violence.
Is this acceptable behavior? If not, what should the coach get as a result of his behavior?