Parents, it is easy to have a great coach/parent/player experience.
Just follow these eight simple rules…
- Understand the coach and team philosophy. If you don’t know the goals of the team (for example, player development versus competition), ask them to be spelled out at the meeting.
- Send your children ready to play. They should be properly fed and clothed, and they should arrive on time.
- Support the team, but do not instruct the players. It confuses your child and others, and undermines the efforts of the coach.
- Avoid confusion when cheering. Do not say anything that is a command, such as “Pass it,” “Shoot,” or “Boot the ball.”
- Use positive encouragement instead. This would include such comments as “Way to go,” “Nice effort,” or “Stay with it.”
- Refrain from speaking to officials, unless it is to say thank you after the game. If you have questions or concerns with the referees, relay the information at the proper time (see rule 7) to the coach.
- Speak to the coach at the proper time. If you have concerns, use the telephone. If it is about a game, let the dust settle for a couple of days first.
- Report to the coach all injuries, special medical conditions (such as asthma) or extenuating circumstances (such as lack of sleep or family crisis) that may affect the player.