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Parent-Coach Communication Plan


(Parents - please read the following information, detach and keep for future reference)

 

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 children.  As parents, when your child becomes involved in our program, you have a right to understand what expectations are placed on your child.  This begins with clear communication from the coach of your child’s program.

Communication You Should Expect from Your Child’s Coach

  1. Philosophy of the program

  2. Team rules

  3. Expectations the coach has for your child as well as all the players on the squad

  4. Locations and times of all practices and contests

  5. Team requirements, i.e. practices, special equipment, out-of-season conditioning

  6. Discipline that may result in the denial of your child’s participation

Communications Coaches Expect from Parents

  1. Concerns expressed directly to the coach

  2. Notification of any schedule conflicts well in advance

As your child becomes involved in the programs of the Conrad Weiser Area School District, he or she will experience some of the most rewarding moments of his or her life.  It is important to understand that there also may be times when things do not go the way you or your child wish.  At these times, discussion with the coach is encouraged.

Appropriate Concerns to Discuss with Coaches

  1. The treatment of your child

  2. Ways to help your child improve

  3. Concerns about your child’s behavior

We realize it 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.  The following things must be left to the discretion of the coach.

 

Issues Not Appropriate to Discuss with Coaches

  1. Playing time

  2. Team strategy

  3. Play calling

  4. Other student athletes

There 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 other’s position.  When these conferences are necessary, the following procedures should be followed to help promote a resolution to the issue or concern.

Procedure for Discussing a Concern with a Coach

  1. Please encourage your child to speak directly with the coach.  Many times the matter can be taken care of at that time.

  2. You can set up an appointment with the coach by contacting the coach using their preferred contact method (email/phone).

  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.

  4. If the meeting with the coach did not provide a satisfactory resolution, call and set up an appointment with the athletic director at 610-693-8542 ext. 6278 to discuss the situation.

Expectations of Parent/Guardian

  1. Support your student athlete’s efforts toward success.

  2. Work to promote a positive environment that is conducive to the development of the student athlete.

  3. Become familiar with and review with your student athlete the rules and regulations.

  4. Communicate any concerns in a timely manner, according to district protocol.

  5. Treat all coaching personnel with courtesy and respect and insist your student athlete do the same.

Since research indicates a student involved in co-curricular activities has a greater chance for success during adulthood, these programs have been established.  Many of the character traits required to be a successful participant are exactly those that will promote a successful life after high school.  We hope the information provided here makes both your child’s and your experiences with the Conrad Weiser School District athletic program less stressful and more enjoyable.

 

 



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