I coach youth wrestling and this year I’ve ran into my first trouble kid. He teases other kids, makes undermining comments about practice and clearly has a problem with authority. My initial reaction was to pull him aside and reprimand him for the behavior but I believe that might be an all to common problem at leading to the behavior now. I recently got my certification and I’m sure I’ll run into people down the road with similar problems. Not sure what to do any suggestions?
Addressing the parents with the kid present is an excellent suggestion. I used to teach physical education and with many kids,(not all) I would pull them aside after class and talk with them individually. I would ask all sorts of questions to find the root of the problem before taking it further. It could be a simple fix like someone suggesting making them an assistant. Explain the expectations of the class and ask the kid if they are following those expectations. If you can, make a deal with the kid. What would it take for him to meet those expectations. This is has worked wonders for me in the past but not all the time. I have a little background in counseling but from my experience, coaches and trainers can make some of the best counselors. The trainer or coach is already on a pedestal of authority and expertise. It will just take a little patience along with trial and error.
I developed a phenomenal relationship with my students and parents over the years as a teacher and that worked real well with me. Get emails and communicate weekly with parents worked well for me.
Good luck. Hope any ideas will spark something.