Post by coachkeating33 on Sept 18, 2019 19:34:46 GMT -6
Question for coaches who are hcs or aspire to be one or just have an opinion( so anyone). One of your assistant coaches( who is normally up in the booth during games) calls you at night after practice and says he is afraid to go up ( he's a little afraid of heights) in the visitors podium because it's real high and it's a ladder and he's real nervous about it. Hes embarrassed to admit it..He kind of feels like a p.......how would you handle it? Would you make him? How would you handle it
If someone has a legitimate fear, I'm not sure you can overcome it and do your job in six days. We had a coach who was significantly overweight and had somewhat a fear of heights last year in a similar situation. I'd suggest he get to the highest vantage point in the stands that he can comfortably and effectively do his duty. If he can't compromise I guess you're going to have to send someone else up top and deal with the fallout after the season.
Post by olinecoach61 on Sept 19, 2019 8:19:18 GMT -6
Happened to me one time when I was a young coach. Opposition had a rickety construction scaffolding set up as the "box". I looked at it and said hell no - I'm not going up there. HC didn't like it but he understood. Sent another guy up instead.
Once had a ladder that was broken on the side of the pressbox. Went up the first game. Told the HC fix it or get someone else from there on out. Not going to risk my life. They fixed it. Still not a great setup, but at least there was at least a 95% chance I'd survive the climb after that. Odds were probably 50-50 prior to that