Communication between coach and player is essential for a successful team. Student athletes are encouraged to communicate with their coach if they have questions or concerns. Parents are urged to support their child’s coach, allowing them to instruct and guide the team. Parents should avoid questioning or confronting a coach immediately after a contest or in front of others. Parents wanting to discuss a problem with a coach should make an appointment with them so that issues can be discussed in a calm, courteous, and professional manner. The Director of Athletics can assist coaches and parents in scheduling or facilitating these meetings.
Parents should share the information with the child’s coach if issues arise in an athlete’s personal life that may affect attitude, performance and self-esteem. Both 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 children. As parents, when your children become involved in our program, you have the 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
- Philosophy of the Coach
- Expectations the coach has for the team
- Locations and times for practices and contests
- Team requirements, i.e., special equipment, off-season conditioning
- Discipline for practice and learning new skills
- Rules that govern the teams expectations
Communication Coaches Expect From Parents
- Concerns expressed directly to the coach
- Notification of any schedule conflicts well in advance
- Specific concern in regard to a coach’s philosophy and/or exceptions
- The treatment of your child, mentally and physically
- Ways to help your child improve
- Concerns about your child’s behavior
- Notification of illness or injury as soon as possible
It is very difficult to accept that your child may not be afforded as much playing time in a contest as you may hope or believe. Coaches are professionals. They make judgments based on what they consider to be the best for the team and all students involved. As you have seen from the list above, certain things can and should be discussed with your child’s coach.