PARENT/COACH COMMUNICATION PLAN
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 your sons/daughters. As parents, when your sons/daughters become involved in our athletic program(s), you have a right to understand what expectations are placed on your sons/daughters. This begins with clear communication from the coach of your son’s/daughter’s program.
COMMUNICATION YOU SHOULD EXPECT FROM YOUR SONS/DAUGHTER’S COACH
- Expectations the coach has for your son/daughter as well as all the players on the team.
- Location and times of all practices and contests.
- Team requirements, i.e. practices, special equipment, out-of-season conditioning.
- Disciplinary actions that may result in the denial of your son’s/daughter’s participation.
As your son/daughter becomes involved in the programs of Council Rock High School North, they will experience some of the most rewarding moments of their lives. It is important to understandthat there also may be times when things do not go the way you or your son/daughter wishes.At these times, discussion with the coach is encouraged.
- Concerns expressed directly to the coach.
- Advance notice of any situations that may hinder practice and/or game participation.
APPROPRIATE CONCERNS TO DISCUSS WITH COACHES
At times it may be difficult to accept your son’s/daughter’s limited playing opportunities. Please remember that coaches are professionals. They make decisions based on what they believe tobe the best for all students involved. As you have seen from the list above, certain things canand should be discussed with your son’s/daughter’s coach. Other things, such as those listed below, must be left to the discretion of the coach.
- The treatment of your son/daughter.
- Improving your son’s/daughter’s athletic performance.
ISSUES NOT APPROPRIATE TO DISCUSS WITH THE COACHES
Sometimes there may be situations that require a conference between the coach and the parent.It is important that both parties involved have a clear understanding of the other’s position. When these conferences are necessary, the following procedures should be followed to help promotea resolution to the issue of concern.
- Playing time
- Team strategy
IF THERE IS A CONCERN TO DISCUSS WITH A COACH
- Please encourage your son/daughter to speak directly with the coach first.
- Call the coach to set-up an appointment.
- If the coach cannot be reached, call the athletic office to assist you in arranging the meeting.
Please DO NOT attempt to confront a coach before or after a contest or practice. These can be emotional times for both the parent and the coach.
If the meeting with the coach did not provide a satisfactory resolution, call and set up an appointment with the athletic director to discuss the situation.
EXPECTATION OF PARENT OR GUARDIAN
Support your student athlete’s efforts toward success.
Work to promote a positive environment that is conducive to the development of the student athlete.
Become familiar with, and review the rules and regulations of your student athlete.
Communicate any concerns in a timely manner according to protocol.
Treat all coaching personnel with courtesy and respect, and insist your student athlete do the same.
Research indicates a student involved in co-curricular activities has a greater chanceof success during adulthood. Many of the character traits required to be a successful participant are exactly those that will promote a successful life after high school. Wehope the information provided in this pamphlet makes your son’s/daughter’s and yourexperience with the Council Rock High School North Athletic program a rewardingexperience.