This activity will provide you with information about:

  • Verbal abuse.
  • The possible effect of verbal abuse on children.
  • The reasons people give to justify verbal abuse.
  • Strategies for positive coaching.
  • Club responsibilities.


Welcome to this short scenario where a frustrated coach verbally abuses his team and in turn challenges the club to consider the issue.

Coaching children can have its frustrations! Even a well-meaning coach may sometimes feel so overwhelmed by a situation or behaviours that he or she loses their cool.

The following scenario explores the nature of verbal abuse and suggests strategies for coaching in a more positive and supportive way. As you read through the material think about how you would behave in this situation.