Coaches and parents need to be talking. Not like the “talking” we see, let’s say, during basketball season. The emotions that accompany basketball are a hotbed of conflict between parents and coaches.
No, I’m not referring to yelling, cussing, hotly debating, or accusing.
I mean TALKING. You know, civil conversations.
Parents and coaches probably won’t always agree as they talk, but they can still be on the same page, and that page is this: youth sports is all about the kids.
For that very reason, these are the things that coaches and parents should be talking about:
We must make youth sports safety a priority. Coaches should be properly trained in concussion safety and CPR. There should always be a first aid kit on the sidelines, and a medical person nearby during play.
We want all kids to grow strong in character. Winning is fun and yes, kids should strive for that, but developing character is the most important lesson for kids to learn. It will stay with them long after they finish playing sports.
We want all athletes to develop and improve their skills. While kids develop character, they should be enhancing their skills and knowledge of the game. In most instances, if the player is not ending the season a better player than when he started, then the coach has not done a complete job.
What are our team goals and objectives? This is often where coaches and parent conflict. It is best that they discuss expectations for the team and come to an agreement, or at least agree to disagree!
We must not take the fun out of youth sports! Hard work and fun can co-exhist in sports. Find ways to keep this marriage alive.
Coaches and Parents: Communication is key
“People equally informed seldom disagree.”
Although I’m not sure if that statement is always true, I do believe that clear and consistent communication does cut down on conflicts and problems. TeamSnap’s online team management software has a special page for messaging to help coaches and parents eliminate a lot of questions and keep the conversations flowing. TeamSnap’s Message Page provides:
- A private messaging forum just for your team
- Broadcasting of important messages to the entire team via email
- Tracking features that send you email whenever a specific message is replied to
- Sorting of manager’s messages to the top of the message list for extra prominence
Good communication will not only help things flow more smoothy for the team; it makes parents happy!
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