Parenting and coaching are both extremely difficult vocations. By establishing an understanding of each position, we are better able to accept the actions of the other and provide a greater benefit to children. As parents, when your child is in involved in a program, you have the right to understand what expectations are placed on him/her. This begins with clear communication from the coach of the sport.
Communications You Should Expect From Your Child’s Coach
Communication Coaches Expect from Athletes and Parents
As your child becomes involved in his/her programs at the middle and high school he/she will experience some of the most rewarding movements of his/her life. It is important to understand that there also may be times when things do not go the way you and your child wish. At these times, discussion with the coach is encouraged. It is the first and most integral part to understanding and resolution.
Appropriate Concerns To Discuss With Coaches
It is very difficult to accept your child not playing as much as you hoped. Coaches are professional. They make decisions based on what is best for all student-athletes involved. As you have read from the list above, certain things can be and should be discussed with your child’s coach. The four items below should be left to the discretion of the coach.
There are situations that may require a conference between the coach and player, or coach and parent. These conferences are encouraged. It is important to remember that all parties have a clear understanding of the other person’s position. When a conference is necessary the following procedures should be used to help resolve any concerns.
1. Please do not attempt to confront a coach before or after a contest or practice. These can be emotional time for both the parent and the coach. Meetings of this nature do not promote positive resolutions.
2. Call the coach to schedule an appointment.
3. Phone number for the middle and high schools will be posted at the parent meetings.
4. If the coach cannot be reached, call the School Athletic Director, he/she will set a meeting for you.