Communication You Should Expect from Your Student-Athlete’s Coach:
You should expect the following information from the coach:
- 1. Philosophy of the coach.
- 2. Expectations the coach has for your child as well as all the players.
- 3. Locations and times of all practices and contests.
- 4. Team requirements; i.e. fees, special equipment, off-season conditioning, fund raising, etc.
- 5. Procedures should your child be injured during participation.
- 6. Discipline that results in the denial of your child’s participation. Hierarchy of discipline.
- 7. Cutting process.
- 1. Notification well in advance of any schedule conflicts.
- 2. Specific concerns in regard to a coach’s philosophy and/or expectations, before the season.
Appropriate Concerns to Discuss with Coaches
- 1. What the expectations are for your student-athlete during practices and games.
- 2. Ways to help your student-athlete improve.
- 3. Academic support and college opportunities.
- 1. Playing time and team strategy. It is often difficult to accept your student-athlete not playing as much as you may hope. Coaches are professionals. They make decisions based on what they believe to be best for all student-athletes involved.
- 2. Play calling.
- 3. Other student-athlete athletes.
- 4. Personal opinions about the coach.
Procedure for Discussing Appropriate Concerns with a CoachSome situations might require a conference between the coach and the parent. These conferences are to encouraged. It is important that both parties involved have a clear understanding of the other’s position. When these conferences are necessary, the following procedure should be used to help promote a resolution of the issue:
- 1. Call the coach or have your student-athlete speak with the coach directly.
- 2. 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. Meetings of this nature do not promote resolution.
- 3. Use the 24-hour rule. Wait to discuss a situation with at coach until 24 hours after the contest.
Resolution should proceed in the following order:
- 1. Call the head coach of the program and meet to discuss the situation. If not resolved then . . .
- 2. Call the athletic director to discuss the situation. If not resolved then . . .
- 3. Call the principal to discuss the situation. If not resolved then . . .
- 4. Call the District Ombudsman at 994-2240. If not resolved then . . .
- 5. Call the director of secondary education to discuss the situation. If not resolved then . . .
- 6. Call the superintendent of schools to discuss the situation.