Parent/Coach CommunicationParent/Coach Relationship:Parenting and coaching are extremely difficult vocations. By establishing an understanding of each position, we are better able to accept the actions of the other and provide greater benefits to our children. As parents, when your children become involved in our program, you have a right to understand what expectations are placed on your child. This begins with clear communication from the coach of your child’s program.Communication you should expect from your child’s coach:
Communication coaches expect from parents:
- Philosophy of the coach
- Expectations the coach has for your child as well as all the players on the team
- Locations and times of all practices and contests
- Team requirements (general expectations, special equipment, off-season schedule, etc.)
- Procedure should your child be injured during participation
- Discipline that results in the denial of your child’s participation
Appropriate concerns to discuss with coaches:
- Concerns expressed directly to coach
- Notification of any schedule conflicts well in advance
- Specific concern in regard to a coach’s philosophy and/or expectations
- The treatment of your child, mentally or physically
- Ways to help your child improve
- Concerns about your child’s behavior
It is very difficult to accept your child not playing as much as you may want. However, playing time is earned in the estimation of the coaching staff and is not an entitlement. Coaches are professionals and they make judgment decisions based on what they believe to be the best for all students involved. As you have read from the list above, certain things can be and should be discussed with the coach.1. Playing time2. Team strategy3. Play calling4. Other student-athletes5. The direction of the team/program
There are situations that may require a conference between the coach and the parent. It is important that both parties involved have a clear understanding of the others’ position. When these conferences are necessary, the following procedure should be followed to help promote a resolution to the issue of concern.
- Wait 24 hours before you make initial contact with the coach
- After you have waited 24 hours call or email the coach to set-up an appointment
- If the coach cannot be reached, call DJ Goldman, the Athletic Director, and a meeting will be arranged for you
What can a parent do if the meeting with the coach did not provide a satisfactory resolution?Call the Athletic Director to set up an appointment. The parent/guardian, coach and Athletic Director will meet do discuss the problem. At this meeting, the appropriate next steps can be determined.
Parents are encouraged to discuss issues and problems with the Athletic Director. However, if a parent has specific complaints regarding a coach, then the coach must have the opportunity to be present to meet with the parent.