COMMUNICATION INFORMATION

PARENT/COACH RELATIONSHIP/COMMUNICATION

  • As parents, when your children become involved in our program, you have the right to understand what is expected of your child as a student athlete. This understanding begins with clear communication from the coach of your child's program.

COMMUNICATION YOU SHOULD EXPECT FROM YOUR CHILD'S COACH

    • Philosophy of the coach
    • Locations and times of practices and contests
    • Team requirements (i.e., special equipment)
    • Notification procedures should your child be injured during participation
    • Discipline issues that may result in denial of your child's participation

COMMUNICATION COACHES EXPECT FROM PARENTS

    • Notification of any schedule conflicts well in advance
    • Communication regarding concerns about the physical and/or mental treatment of your child
    • Communication regarding concerns about your child's behavior
    • Notification of child’s illness or injury as soon as possible

Other Issues

  • PLAYING TIME

    It can be difficult to accept if your child is not playing as much as you might hope. Please trust that coaches are professionals. They make judgments based on what they believe to be the best for all students involved. 

    ISSUES NOT APPROPRIATE TO DISCUSS WITH COACHES

    • Amount of playing time
    • Team strategy
    • Play calling
    • Other student athletes

    IF YOU HAVE A CONCERN TO DISCUSS WITH A COACH, PLEASE FOLLOW THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURE:

    We always encourage our student athletes to discuss any and all issues and concerns they may have with their coach. This includes, but is not limited to, playing time. We also urge parents to encourage their son/daughter to have a conversation with their coach to address any concerns that come up during the course of the season. We believe this is a big part of the educational process for young men and woman.  If an issue cannot be resolved between player and coach, the following procedure should be followed.    

    • Call/email to set up an appointment with the coach. (All coaches have a school email that should be used for communication. All email addresses follow the convention of lastname.firstname@ryeschools.org.
    • If the coach cannot be reached, call/email the Director of Athletics.
    • Please do not approach a coach before or after a contest or practice. These can be emotional times for both the parent and the coach, and conversations at these times may not promote positive resolutions.

    THE NEXT STEP: WHAT CAN A PARENT DO IF THE MEETING WITH THE COACH DID NOT PROVIDE A SATISFACTORY RESOLUTION?

    • Call and speak with the Director of Athletics; appropriate steps can be determined after a conversation has taken place
    • While parents are encouraged to discuss issues and problems with the Director of Athletics, if a parent has specific complaints regarding a coach, then the coach must have the opportunity to be present to meet with the parent.
    • As a reminder, the following will not justify a meeting with the coach or the Director of Athletics.
    • Playing time
    • Team strategy
    • Play calling
    • Other student athletes

    RESOURCES IF YOUR CHILD DOES NOT MAKE THE TEAM

    We encourage any student who may is not selected to a team to join another team that does not make team selections, such as cross country, football, wrestling or track. In addition, here are links to some online resources that may be helpful.

    https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/rejection.html

    Positive Sports Parenting/Messages:  Please take a look!

    https://youtu.be/Dki7xQXmYLk (Frank Martin - USC Men’s Basketball Coach talks about parents “Coaching from the Stands”)

    https://youtu.be/uZDZiFRN590 (Positive Coaches Alliance-“Chill Out” initiative for sport parents)

    https://youtu.be/-3_wgb3OREQ (Geno Auriemma – UCONN Woman’s Basketball Coach on Character)

    https://learn.truesport.org/teaching-youth-athletes-respect-umpires-referees/ (7 Steps To Teaching Youth Athletes To Respect Umpires and Referees)

    https://www.ryeschools.org/Page/1977
    NCAA

    https://learn.truesport.org/what-college-coaches-look-for-high-school-athletes/  (What College Coaches Look For In College Athletes)