Both parenting and coaching are challenging tasks. By establishing an understanding of each position, we are better able to accept the actions of the other and provide greater benefit to our young athletes. As parents when your children become involved in middle school sports, you have a right to understand what expectations are placed on your child. As coaches, they have a right to communicate those expectations and work without distractions to develop the young athletes. In addition, our coaches are expected to use the coaches handbook and follow the conference guidelines set by and reviewed annually by our conference schools (Ripon, Winneconne, Fox Valley Lutheran, Berlin, and Waupaca).
Communications you should expect from the Coach
1. Coaches philosophy
2. Coaches expectations for all players.
3. Location and times of all practices and contests.
4. Team requirements, such as fees, special equipment, off-season conditioning, snacks.
5. Procedure used if your child gets injured during participation.
6. Discipline that results in the limitation or 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.
3. Specific concern in regard to a coach's philosophy and/or expectations.
As middle schoolers become more involved in activities, they will experience some of the most rewarding moments of their lives. It is also important to understand that there may be times when things do not go the way you or your child wishes. At these times, a discussion with the coach is encouraged.
Appropriate Concerns to Discuss with Coaches
1. The treatment of your child mentally and physically.
2. Ways to help your child improve.
3. Concerns about your child's behavior.
It is very difficult to accept your child's not playing as much as you may hope. Coaches are teachers in a sense. They make judgement decisions based on what they believe to be the best for all young athletes involved.
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 others position. When these conferences are necessary, the following procedure should be followed to help promote a resolution to the issue of concern.
Procedures to Conference with the Coach
1. Call the coach to set up an appointment.
2. If the coach can not be reached, call Athletic Director Mrs. Semenas at 685-7403 extension 209.
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 usually do not promote resolution.
What can a Parent do if the meeting with the Coach did not provide a Satisfactory Resolution
1. Call and set up an appointment with our Athletic Director Mrs. Semenas to discuss the situation.
2. At this meeting the appropriate next step can be determined.
We know that physical activity, team building, conflict resolution, and participation of young athletetes has a greater chance of success in life. We promote activity for students to develop and maintain healthy minds and bodies. We also strive to build resiliency in our tweens and teens through peaceful and safe interactions; managing anger, resolving conflicts, and understand personal growth.