Parent-Coach Communication

                              PARENT/COACH COMMUNICATION


Parent/Coach Relationships

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 of your child's program.


Communication you should expect from your child's coach 

1.  Philosophy of the coach.
2.  Expectations the coach has for your child as well as all the players on the squad.
3.  Locations and times of all practices and contests.
4.  Team requirements, i.e. fees, special equipment, off-season conditioning.
5.  Procedure should your child be injured during participation.
6.  Discipline that results in the denial of your child's participation.


 Communication 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 your children become involved in the programs at South Redford Public Schools, 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.


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 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 on the following page, must be left to the decision of the coach.


 Issues inappropriate 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 procedure should be followed to help promote a resolution to the issue of concern.



Communication you should expect from your child's coach

1. Call the coach to set up an appointment.
2. The South Redford telephone number is   313-535-4000.
3. If the coach cannot be reached, call the Athletic Director, Mr. Chambo. He will
    set up a meeting for you.
4. 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.  Parents
    should respect the “24 hour rule.”  Meetings may be set up but the
should not take place until 24 hours after the game or incident.



The Next Step

 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 the Athletic Director to discuss the situation.
2. At this meeting the appropriate next step can be determined.


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 within this pamphlet makes both your child's and your experience with the South Redford Public Schools Athletic Program less stressful and more enjoyable.