GUIDE FOR PARENT/COACH COMMUNICATION
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Athletic Office: 254-6436
BRIAN PARSONS – ATHLETIC DIRECTOR
SUE VANGESSEL – ATHLETIC ADMINISTRATOR ASSISTANT
MICHAEL SEGER – ATHLETIC TRAINER: 254-6459
Mr. John Philo
MR. ROGER BEARUP
The interscholastic athletic program at Grandville High School is a valuable and integral part of the total educational program. Research indicates that a student involved in extra-curricular activities has better grades, improved school attendance and a better overall self-concept than those students who do not participate.
The purpose of interscholastic athletics is to make a positive contribution to the development of the participants, spectators, school and community.
As an integral part of the educational process, the athletic program should always conform to and support the objectives and standards of the school. The academic curriculum must take precedence to the athletic program. Athletes should strive for academic excellence, excellence in competition, as well as staying within the boundaries of good citizenship.
We hope that the information provided here will help to make your child’s and your experience with the Grandville High School athletic program enjoyable and beneficial.
Objectives of Participation
- To provide a positive image of school activities at Grandville High School.
- To provide students with opportunities for physical, mental, and emotional development.
- To experience team play along with loyalty, cooperation, and fair play.
- To create a desire to succeed and excel.
- To practice self-discipline and emotional maturity while learning to make decisions under pressure.
- To develop an understanding of the value of extra-curricular activities in a balanced educational experience.
- To demonstrate good sportsmanship at all times.
- To develop leadership qualities and skills.
Both parenting and coaching are extremely difficult vocations. Coaches want the best for their student-athletes and parents want the best for the children. By establishing an understanding of each role, we are able to communicate the benefit of extra-curricular activities to students. As parents, when your children become involved in the athletic program, you have a right to understand what expectations are placed on your child. This begins with clear communication from the coach.
Communication You Should Expect From Your Son/Daughter’s Coach
As a parent, you may expect to receive the following information from the coach:
- Philosophy of the coach.
- Expectations that the coach has for your child as well as all of the other players
- Locations and times of all practices and contests.
- Team requirements such as: fees, special equipment, etc.
- Procedure regarding injuries during participation.
Discipline that results in the denial of your child’s participation.
Communication Coaches Expect From Parents
Your child’s coach expects to receive the following communications from parents:
- Concerns expressed directly to the coach.
- Notifications of any scheduled conflicts well in advance, if possible.
- Specific concern in regard to a coach’s philosophy and/or expectations.
As your child becomes involved in athletic programs at Grandville High School, he or she will have many rewarding experiences. It is also important to understand that there may also be times when things do not go the way that you or your child wishes. At these times, discussion with the coach is encouraged.
Appropriate Concerns To Discuss With Coaches
- What the expectations are for your son/daughter during practices and games.
- Ways to help your child improve.
- Academic support and college opportunities.
Coaches are professionals. They make judgment decisions based on what they believe to be best for all student-athletes involved. As you have seen from the list above, certain things can be and should be discussed with your child’s coach. Other things must be left to the discretion of the coach.
Issues Not Appropriate To Discuss With Coaches
It is inappropriate to discuss the following topics with coaches:
- Playing time.
- Team strategy.
- Play calling.
- Other student-athletes.
If You Have A Concern To Discuss With A Coach, This Is The Procedure You Should Follow
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 procedures should be used to help promote a resolution of the issue:
- Call to set up an appointment with the coach by either contacting the coach directly, or contacting the Grandville High School Athletic Department at 254-6436.
- Please do not attempt to confront a coach immediately before or after a contest or practice. These can be emotional times for both the parents and the coach. Meetings of this nature do not promote resolution.
- Use the 24 hour rule – wait to discuss a situation with a coach until 24 hours after the contest.
What Can A Parent Do If The Meeting With The Coach Did Not Provide A Satisfactory Resolution?
- Call and set up an appointment to meet with the Athletic Director at 254-6436 to discuss the situation.
- At this meeting, the appropriate next step can be determined if the situation is still unresolved.
Expectations For Grandville High School Student-Athletes
The following expectations are what a Grandville High School student-athlete should encompass:
- Follow all training rules, school/team rules and regulations.
- Exhibit good sportsmanship towards the opponents, officials, teammates and fans.
- Work to excel in academics.
- Be a role model and good representative of their team, Grandville High School and the community.
- Take pride in yourself, your team, your school and care for your facility.
- Put team goals ahead of personal goals.
- Demonstrate respect for your opponents.
- Work harder than the competition and never quit.
- Be on time and prepared for practices, meetings and games.
- Accept the results, learn from the mistakes, focus on the goal and never give up.
Respect the Opponent
Accept the Results
Learn from the Mistakes
Focus on the Goal!