If you have parents that shout instructions to their kids from the stands, you probably already know that can be problematic.
Nothing worse than a kid continually looking at their parents for approval during a game (instead of the coach) and often times the parent yelling instructions that contradict what you want.
Not to mention it really confuses the athlete when everyone is yelling instruction. Who should they listen to??
Solving the Problem
I think the key is good communication with the parents and educating them…
For starters you can send out a letter to the parents. You can also share this excellent video by Kevin Eastman with parents. It really does a good job explaining the issues and comes from a credible NBA coach.
Great video I suggest you listen to. Makes you think twice about what it’s really like for the kids out on the court/field/pitch.