How does being a committed coach impact your family life?




This weeks #womenswednesday has been inspired by a recent blog written by Sarah Dwyer-Shick about her thoughts on the Billy Graham Rule.

The Billy Graham rule is a practice among male Protestant Christian leaders, in which they avoid spending time alone with women to whom they are not married. It is named after Billy Graham, the most notable proponent of the practice. It is adopted as a display of integrity and a means of avoiding sexual temptation, but has been criticized as being sexist.

Within Sarah’s blog, she goes on to explain the rule, and how it may impact female coaches in such male dominated sports and how male partners of female coaches may struggle with the position they are in.

This made us think about all the different ways that being a committed coach affects family life – whether it is your partner having difficulty with you spending so much time with fellow coaching peers, the events you miss out on in social life, to leaving your kids behind for weeks on end for a major championship.

So we want to know – how does being a coach affect your family life?

  • Does your partner have difficulties with you spending time with coaches of the opposite sex?
  • Is your coaching commitments causing you friction at home?
  • Is your family fully supportive of your coaching career and support you the whole way?
  • Are your kids missing out on you at key parts of the season?


Take a look in the answers within this fantastic infograph designed by Louise Capicotto: