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 benefit to children.
As parents, when your children become involved
in the school's athletic program, you have
a right to understand what expectations
are placed on your child. This begins with
clear communication from the coach of your
you should expect from your child's coach
1. Philosophy of the coach.
2. Expectations the coach has for your child
as well as all the players on the squad.
3. Locations and times of all practices
4. Team requirements, i.e., fund raising,
special equipment, off-season conditioning.
5. Procedure should your child be injured
6. Discipline that results in the denial
of your child's participation.
coaches expect from parents
1. Communicate directly to the coach.
2. Notification of any schedule conflicts
well in advance.
3. Specific concern in regard to a coach's
philosophy and/or expectations.
your children become involved in the programs
at your high school they will experience
some of the most rewarding moments of their
lives. It is important to understand that
there also may be times when things do not
go the way you or your child wishes. At
these times discussion with the coach is
concerns to discuss with coaches
1. The development of your child, mentally
2. Ways to help your child improve.
3. Concerns about your child's behavior.
is very difficult to accept your child's
not playing as much as you may hope. Coaches
are professionals. They make judgment decisions
based on what they believe to be best for
all students involved. As you have seen
from the list above, certain things can
be and should be discussed with your child's
coach. Other things, such as those that
follow these, must be left to the discretion
of the coach.
not appropriate to discuss with coaches
1. Playing time
2. Team Strategy
3. Play calling
4. Other student athletes
are situations that may require a conference
between the coach and the parent. These
are to be encouraged. it is important that
both parties involved have a clear understanding
of the others position. When these conferences
are necessary, the following procedure should
be followed to help promote a resolution
to the issue of concern.
you have a concern to discuss with a coach,
this is the procedure you should follow:
1. Call to set up an appointment with the
2. If the coach cannot be reached, call
the athletic director. He will set up the
meeting for you.
3. 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. Meetings of this nature do
not promote resolution.
surveys indicate the majority of high school
students involved in extra-curricular activities
are able to successfully maintain high grade
point averages (GPAs).
of the character traits required to be a
participant are exactly those that will
promote a successful life after high school.
is our goal in the Bulldog athletic program
to provide each student athlete the very
best opportunity to have a positive experience.
Understanding the value of being a student
first will enhance that opportunity while
building a solid foundation characteristic
of quality athletes.