Their student athlete needs to have realistic expectations.
In general, students need to expect that playing for a secondary school coach can be more seriously competitive, more demanding of hard work, more critical of mistakes, and more personally intense than the nurturing, recreational coaching received playing on younger teams.
The student player can avoid speaking up for fear of being seen as a complainer or a troublemaker, injuring their opportunity to play.
The player's parents can fear speaking up for fear of making a bad situation worse for their son or daughter, or invite censure from other parents who support the program. The painful truth for players and their parents is that there are no self-made bullies.
"I was advised by [Colorado State University president] Tony Frank that we did not have the basis to terminate for cause and that Eustachy was to be placed on a personal improvement plan."Colorado State said it is "proud of the environment our athletic department and Coach Eustachy have since created for our student-athletes" in the seasons since the coach was investigated for mistreatment of players and staff.
According to documents obtained by the Coloradoan, Eustachy acknowledged he has told his assistant coaches to "shut the f--- up" and called players "f---ing c--ts." He also said he "crossed the line" and later said he went "way over the line" when questioned about whether the atmosphere in his program was one of fear and intimidation.
So the coach has power over the players' athletic lives, and in his or her zeal to win, in frustration with practice or play, or out of innate hostility, may bully a player for example's sake to show other adolescents what can happen if they do not adequately perform, if they step out of line, or if they fail to do as told.