Communication Guidelines

PARENT – COACH RELATIONSHIP

Being a parent or coach isn’t always easy.  Frequently, the one common factor is your son or daughter who is our student athlete. Parenting and coaching, while difficult at times, can also be very rewarding.  By establishing a clear line of communication, we can provide a greater athletic experience for the student-athlete.  As a parent, when your child becomes involved in any of our athletic programs, you have the right to understand what is expected of you.  Also, you have a right to express your expectations of our athletic program.

FOR PARENTS - COMMUNICATIONS YOU SHOULD EXPECT FROM THE COACH

  • Coaching Philosophy
  • Team Goals Expectations for the season
  • Team rules, Discipline resulting in denial of participation
  • Criteria for making the team
  • Schedule contest
  • Procedures when injured

FOR COACHES - COMMUNICATIONS YOU SHOULD EXPECT FROM THE PARENTS

  • Any information from the coach not clear to you
  • Notification of any scheduled conflicts as far in advance as possible
  • Absence from school due to illness Medical conditions or injuries that would interfere or prevent participation
  • Contact the athletic trainer regarding illness or injury

CONCERNS TO DISCUSS WITH A COACH

At times you may recognize a change in your child’s behavior.  Perhaps it could be associated with athletics. At that time it is appropriate to discuss certain issues with your child’s coach,
Such as:

  • Decline in school work
  • Change in mood and demean or
  • Suspected Substance abuse (including steroid use)
  • Eating disorders
  • Extraordinary stress or fatigue associated with athletic participation
  • The progress of your child’s sport specific skills development
  • Illness of injury

PARENT-COACH CONFERENCES

Situations will occur when it is necessary for parents and coaches to meet.  These conferences are encouraged so that both parties have a clear understanding of the other’s position.  When concerns arise, the initial contact should be made by the parent directly to the coach to arrange for a meeting at the agreed upon time and place.
Confronting a coach before or after practice or contest is not appropriate given the fact that these are often emotional times.  Meetings such as these are frequently confrontational and rarely solve problems.
There are certain issues that are inappropriate to discuss with a coach:

  •     Playing time
  •     Team strategy
  •     Play calling
  •     Other student-athletes

Should the initial conference with the coach be unsuccessful, the next  step is to contact the Athletic director and arrange for a meeting to discuss the situation.  The coach may or may not be asked to attend.

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