Highly functioning athletic programs and teams exercise active two-way communication with all stakeholders. At the middle and high school levels, student-athletes’ parents and guardians are an important factor in an athlete’s overall performance. In order for this relationship to work, there must be mutual trust and understanding. More importantly, each party has a role, and it is important that each party understands their role to establish a healthy working relationship.
Parental Expectations of their Coach (Coaches are expected to communicate the following to their parent stakeholders)
- Coach outlines core values and vision
- Eligibility Requirements
- Team Selection (Try-outs)
- Locations and times of practices and games
- Team Rules/Guidelines
- equipment, and
- Off-season conditioning
- Procedures for disciplinary action
- What would lead to dismissal from the team?
- Website or regular newsletter location and information.
- Injury Procedures & Insurance Information
Coaches Expectations of Parents
- Concerns should be brought to the immediate attention of the coach.
- Proactively express scheduling conflicts for practice and or contests.
- Report injuries and illness of the student-athlete.
- Report any mistreatment by a coach or teammate.
- Advocate for your child in a positive way.
- Communicate Concerns
- Student-athletes' physical, mental, and emotional well-being
- How can the student-athlete improve?
- Child’s behavior
- Child’s academic standing
- Coaches are not expected to respond to questions involving the following topics.
- Amount of playing time, positioning, event entry.
- Team strategies, game tactics, play calling.
- Any discussion about other student athletes.