Coach, Player & Parent Communication
As your child becomes involved in softball she will experience some of the most rewarding of life’s moments. It is important to understand that there also may be times when things do not go the way you and/or your child wish. At these times discussion with the coach is encouraged. Appropriate concerns to discuss with coaches are:
1. What role will my child play in this activity and why?
2. What does my child have to do in order to be better?
3. What can we, as parents, do to help our child fulfill their expectations?
Students may not participate as much as parents/guardians expect. Coaches are professionals. They make judgment decisions based on what they believe to be the best for all students involved. As you can see from the list above, certain things should be discussed with your child’s coach. Other things must be left to the discretion of the coach, including; 1. Participation time is entirely in the hands of the coach and no one else.
2. Strategies are entirely in the hands of coaches and no one else.
3. Other students – it’s unprofessional to discuss other participants’ talents.
Scheduling a Conference with the Coach
There are situations that may require a conference between the coach and the parents/guardians. Conferences are encouraged. It is important that both parties have a clear understanding of the other’s position. When these conferences are necessary, the following procedure should be followed to promote a resolution of the concern:
1. Parents/guardians should call the school office to schedule an appointment.
2. If the coach is not available, please leave a message for the athletic/activities director. He/she will set up the meeting for you.
3. Please do not attempt to confront a coach before, during, or after a contest or practice. These can be emotional times for the parent/guardian, the athlete or participant, and the coach. Meetings of this nature do not promote resolution and are inappropriate when students are present. Coaches have been instructed to avoid such confrontations.
When a parent feels that the meeting with the coach does not provide a satisfactory resolution, the next step in the process is to call the athletic/activities director for a conference. If the situation is not adequately resolved, a meeting should be scheduled with the principal. In very rare occasions, when the situation cannot be resolved by the principal, the Assistant Superintendent for Middle and High School Education should be contacted for further resolution.