There are a ton of positives in coaching. We get to work with some fabulous kids, talented athletes, the competition, the opportunity to stay in the game, etc. There are a few negatives as well. Poor fields, poor/uneven talent, bad administration. You name it. One of those things I hear all the time as a negative are the parents. Personally I have had a few run ins with parents that ruined my day but in general I've been lucky. I have always made it clear what kind of behavior was expected from them and they have, for the most part behaved themselves. I'd like to hear about your experiences with parents over the years. I'll share one myself to get it started. Just this year, while coaching high school ball, our program came up against a very organized group of parents who seemed to be bent on making the coaches lives difficult. Like I said, I have always been pretty lucky and rarely had parental issues. But this group was ridiculous. They would actually have meetings and come up with a plan on how to get what they wanted that involved multiple parents approaching/calling/e-mailing the coaches and athletic director with there issues. Doesn't sound like much but they would do this over several says, no one parent making there complaint at the same time/day, and all with the same complaint worded slightly differently and phrased as though it was there concern only. Some would be real nice about it but only after the nastygrams came through. Sort of a good cop bad cop thing I guess. We didn't clue in on it right away but some of the other parents who thought it was silly let us know what was up. It actually became kind of comical after awhile.