Former Japanese volleyball player Naomi Masuko has been campaigning for youth tournaments since 2015, where coaches are not allowed to take their anger out on the children. This is to create a space where children can have happy memories of their training.
It is a well-known occurrence that aggressive coaching, verbal and physical abuse is endured by players. In order to stop this once and for all, a code of conduct was drawn up by the initiative.
First, the initiative was spread under Naomi Masuko in volleyball tournaments, with Fukuoka and Kanagawa prefectures joining first. In April 2022, the code of conduct was also implemented in Akita at a football tournament.
ANGRY frequently speaks at public events and fights for the joy of sport. She finds more and more like-minded people like the Niigata Youth Baseball Organization Council or Takashi Ofuchi, the head of the scouts of the Nippon Ham Fighters.
Coaches should bring out the potential of the children
Through the manga “Mila Superstar” Masuko came to play volleyball herself back then, she knows from her own experience what she had to endure as a player and wants to protect other players. She also drew a comparison to the well-known manga “Star of the Giants“ where strict coaching is in the foreground.
Coaches also have to keep up with the times and adapt their behavior so that players don’t take away the joy of their sport and the associated tournaments. So that incidents like former figure skater Nobunari Oda’s lawsuit against his coach don’t happen again.