The Importance of Legal Contracts between Grassroots Coaches and Parents
It has become common practice for some Manila Colleges to approach the parents of Athletes in order to recruit athletes. This sometimes will include a monetary exchange with the College giving money to the parents of the Athlete they wish to recruit. In my view, while we owe our parents a lot.
This lump-sum payment or payments should be going to the Grass root coach that developed the athlete. While the Parents clothed fed and supported their children. Parents did not really develop the child as an athlete. This was done by the coach. It’s important to note without the effort of the coach. The child athlete would have not reached the skill level to be noticed as a potential recruit by the Manila College.
This is why it’s important that higher level coaches do not just see grass-root level coaches simply as feeder coaches who are basically used as Milking Cows. And that we really want to recognize and appreciate our grassroots coaches. If recruiting coaches engage the existing coach of the athlete and not merely just the parents leaving the grass-root coach out of the process altogether.
I will argue that the parents are already benefiting from the child getting a free scholarship. Let’s say a school is giving a monetary incentive of 5k 10k or heck even 20k pesos to recruit the child. The parents will gain a lot more than that from the years of free scholarships tuition fees offered. So the smaller amount should go to the Grass root coach.
Quite often grass root coaches will use that money to develop more athletes in the future. Quite often it’s the grass-root coaches that put their own money into buying things that their athletes need snacks, water, shoes, equipment, travel expenses, etc.
Not to mention the amount of time that the coach has put in. If this were Australia or any other country the parents would be paying the coach for his time and services to train their child. But because a lot of parents don’t have much money the coach is pretty much doing what he does for free.
Quite often a coach is a DEPED teacher who is being paid as a teacher and just doing coaching on the side out of a passion for no extra money. Or an ex-athlete who just likes to help kids. If parents are given a monetary incentive from a school for recruitment they should really hand that over to the coach for the time and effort the coach has made to help make their child skilled enough to get a college scholarship offer.
Grassroots Coaches and Parents
In this case, the disconnect is not with Manila Colleges and grass-root coaches. But between Grass root coaches and parents.
If this practice keeps happening. As coaches cannot enter into arrangements with minors. It may become necessary for grass root coaches to protect their livelihood by making parents sign legal contracts with them regarding remuneration if it becomes available.
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Andrew is an ATFS Statiscian in Athletics with a wide range of knowledge in measurable sports. He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017. And is current editor and chief of Pinoyathletics.info, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Currently, he is coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is working towards his Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles.
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