Both parenting and coaching are very difficult vocations. By establishing an understanding between coaches and parents, both are better able to accept the actions of the others and provide a more positive experience for everyone.
Communication parents should expect from our coaches:
· The coach’s philosophy.
· Expectations the coach has for your son as well as other players on the team.
· Locations and times of practices and games.
· Team requirements.
· Procedures that will be followed if your child becomes injured during participation.
Communication coaches expect from parents:
· Concerns regarding their son expressed directly to the coach at the appropriate time and place.
· Specific concerns relating to the coach’s philosophy and/or expectations.
· Notification of any schedule conflicts well in advance.
As a child becomes involved with more competitive baseball, they will experience some of the most rewarding moments of their lives. It is important to understand there may be times when things do not go the way you or your son wishes. There are the times when a discussion with the coach is encouraged.
Appropriate concerns to discuss with a coach:
· The mental and physical treatment of your child.
· The areas needed for the improvement of your child.
· Concerns about your child’s behavior.
Issues NOT appropriate for discussion with your child’s coach:
· How much playing time each athlete is receiving.
· Team strategy.
· Play calling.
· Any situation that deals with other players
There are situations that may require a conference between the coach and parent. These are not discouraged, as it is important for each party to have a clear understanding of the others’ position. When these conferences are necessary, the following procedure is suggested to help promote a resolution to the issue(s).
If a parent has a concern to discuss with a coach, the following procedure should be followed:
· Contact the coach directly to set up an appointment.
· If the coach cannot be reached, contact the Baseball Commissioner (Joe Hoyt) and ask to set up a meeting with the coach and you.
· Think about what you expect to accomplish as a result of the meeting. It is best to e-mail the coach ahead of time, with the basic concerns and questions you would like addressed.
· Stick to discussing the facts, as you understand them.
· DO NOT confront the coach before, during or after a practice or game. These can be emotional times for both the parent and coach.