Parents of Athletes
Enhancing Your Child’s Experience
Parents play an important role in the success of the athletic program. By using the three strategies listed below, parents can enhance a child’s participation experience.
· Support your child AND their entire athletic program.
· Make your child’s sport fun for them, not stressful.
· Keep your child’s sports experience in perspective and see how you and they fit into the big picture.
For more information on how to accomplish these strategies, please click on the link below to watch an informative video.
In addition, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has provided information and resources to help educate you on the importance of proper behavior by parents in school sports. Please click on the link below for a free online course.
Communication with Coaches
The Parent/Coach Relationship
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 our program, you have a right to understand what expectations are placed on your child. This begins with clear communication from the coach.
Communication You Should Expect From A Coach
· The coach’s philosophy.
· The expectations the coach has for your child as well as all the players on the squad.
· The locations/times of all practices & games.
· Any team requirements (i.e. fees, special equipment, off-season conditioning).
· The procedure followed in the event that your child is injured during athletic participation.
· Any discipline that results in the denial of your child’s participation.
Communication Coaches Should 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.
As your children become involved in the programs in the Shikellamy School District, 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 encouraged.
Concerns That Are Appropriate To Discuss With Coaches
· The physical & mental treatment of your child.
· Ways to help your child improve.
· Concerns about your child’s behavior.
It is difficult to accept that your child is not playing as much as you may hope. However, 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 in the following paragraph, must be left to the discretion of the coach.
Issues That Are Not Appropriate To Discuss With Coaches
· Playing time
· Team strategy
· Play calling
· 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 procedure should be followed to help promote a resolution to the issues of concern.
If You Have A Concern To Discuss With A Coach, Please Use The Following Procedure:
· Call to set up an appointment.
· If the coach cannot be reached, call the Athletic Director. The athletic director will set up the meeting for you. The phone number to the Athletic office is (570) 286-3702 – ext 2374.
· Please do not attempt to confront a coach before, during, 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.
· Do not circumvent the coach when it comes to expressing concern. The coach should be the first point of contact when an issue develops.
The Next Step
What can a parent do if the meeting with the coach did not provide a satisfactory resolution?
Call and set up an appointment with the Athletic Director to discuss the situation.
Together, you can determine the appropriate next step.
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 will make both your child’s and your experience with the Shikellamy School District Athletic program less stressful and more enjoyable.
Expectations of Parent/Guardian:
· Work to promote a positive environment that is conducive to the development of the student-athlete
· Become familiar with and review the rules and regulations of the sport with your student- athlete.
· Communicate any concerns in a timely manner, according to District protocol.
· Treat all coaching personnel with courtesy and respect and insist your student-athlete do the same.
· Encourage your child to communicate his/her concerns in a respectful manner to the coaching staff. Athletes, who do not feel comfortable discussing an individual problem with the head coach, may consider talking to an assistant coach.
· Understand that not all athletes will like their coaches. However, athletes should accept the concept that you can still work with someone towards a common goal, despite your personal feelings towards the individual.