As a league commissioner, I can tell you that 3% of the parents cause 95% of the issues in league management. By setting expectations with your parents, you will not only set yourself up for success as a a coach, but you will also help the league manage a safe and positive game day atmosphere while promoting a youth sports experience with the best focus and philosophy.
Coaches should conduct a parent meeting as soon as possible after learning which players are on your team. The first practice is often a great time to set a mandatory parent meeting before practice starts. Use the meeting to explain your approach to coaching, learn what your athletes and parents want from their youth sports experiences and set expectations for athlete and parent behavior in the coming season.
1. Tell them that their players need to be on time for practice and games (if you arenʼt 5 minutes early…youʼre late)
2. They need to work with their players at home, even if its only 10 minutes per night
3. Let them know that all game day concerns with officials are to be handled by you as the coach, not them as parents
4. Ask for assistance in snack scheduling, after season party planning, or game stats
5. Model the right behaviors for the players and other parents – Be the example.
6. Abide by the leagueʼs code of conduct at practices and games
The last thing we want on game day is to have an adversarial culture of parents yelling back and forth across the field (or court) of play. Players are rarely the cause of game day issues, but they do mimic the attitudes and behaviors of their parents and coaches. So, we expect the parents to model proper behaviors as we develop these young athletes into young adults.
With your help, weʼll create a great sports community that we all can be proud of.