Being a coach and being a parent are both situations that require a great deal of time and effort. Both coaches and parents have one major goal in mind when it comes to children – they want what’s best for them. When we understand and identify the roles of each position, we can work better together to provide our student-athletes a better high school athletic experience. Everything begins with clear communication, and our coaches strive to communicate expectations with athletes and parents. That communication starts between coach and student. We encourage student-athletes to speak with their coaches directly regarding concerns before parents get involved.
COMMUNICATION YOU CAN EXPECT FROM THE COACH:
- Philosophy of the coach and program.
- Expectations the coach has for team members.
- Time and location of practices, games, team events.
- Requirements to be a member of the team.
- Explanations for disciplinary actions against student-athletes.
COMMUNICATION COACHES EXPECT FROM PLAYERS AND PARENTS:
- Concerns first expressed directly to the coach.
- Advanced notice of any time that will be missed.
- Concerns regarding philosophy, treatment, etc.
- Goals of your child so they can help student-athletes reach them.
It is important to understand things are not always going to go exactly as your child wishes. As a parent, it is often difficult to accept your child’s not playing as much as you may hope. It is important to remember that coaches are professionals who are making decisions for the good of an entire group of players, not just your child. As you see above, certain things can and should be discussed with your coach. Other issues, such as those below, should not.
ISSUES NOT APPROPRIATE TO DISCUSS WITH COACHES:
- Playing Time.
- Team strategy.
- Other student-athletes.
At times there are situations where parents and coaches need to get together and have a discussion. This is encouraged under the right circumstances. It is important that both parties have a clear understanding of the position the other party has. If you would like to set up a meeting with a coach, please find their contact information under the coach’s contact information page. It is also important to remember that you should NEVER approach a coach directly following a contest.