Communication You Should Expect From Your Child’s Coach

  • Philosophy of the coach
  • Expectations the coach has for your child as well as all players on the squad
  • Locations and times of all practices and contests
  • Team requirements (fees, special equipment, off-season conditioning)
  • Procedure should your child be injured
  • Discipline that results in the denial of your child’s participation

Communication Coaches Expect From Parents

  • Concerns expressed directly to the coach
  • Notification of any schedule conflicts well in advance
  • Specific concerns in regard to a coach’s philosophy and/or expectations

Appropriate Concerns To Discuss With Coaches

  • The treatment of your child, mentally and physically
  • Ways to help your child improve
  • Concerns about your child’s behavior

Issues Not Appropriate To Discuss With Coaches

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

Appropriate Procedures For Discussing Concerns with Coaches

  • Call to set up an appointment with the coach (contact the athletic administrator to set up the meeting if unable to reach the head coach)
  • Do not confront a coach before or after a contest or practice (these can be emotional times for all parties involved and do not promote resolution)

If The Meeting With The Coach Did Not Provide A Satisfactory Resolution

  • Call to set up an appointment with the athletic administrator or activities director
  • Determine the appropriate next step at this meeting

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