Coaches are in a strong position to lay the groundwork for positive outcomes and attitudes in sports. In this paper we attempt to uncover ways in which coaching and sport pedagogy might be informed through our perspectives as parents of two young girls. As a father and a mother from two different families we examine the complexities of competition among the young. We begin to theorize about the ways young people might contribute to the discourse about competition in sport and ways coaches, coach educators and researchers might respond to enact potential reform.
Jeanne Adèle Kentel is an associate professor at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand and an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia in Canada. Her research, teaching, and invited talks have transpired in several countries around the world. She is a former provincial athlete and has had extensive involvement in school and community coaching.
David Ramsankar is an educator with Edmonton Public Schools in Alberta, Canada. In his work he is highly committed to the welfare of children and youth. He is involved in sport at the elementary school level and volunteers as a community coach.