Parenting and coaching are both extremely difficult vocations. By establishing an understanding of each position, we are better able to accept the actions of the other and provide greater benefits to children. As parents, when your child is involved in our athletic program, you have the right to understand what expectations are placed upon him/her. This begins with clear communication from the coach of the sport.
When your child becomes involved in the athletic programs at Bethlehem Catholic, he/she will experience some of the most challenging and rewarding times of his/her life. It is important to understand that there may be times when things do not go the way your child wishes. At these times, the expectation is that the student-athlete, not the parents, initiate a discussion with the coach about his/her concerns. We believe this approach is the most likely way to a positive end and also a valuable experience for the child. The coaches have been instructed to encourage this type of dialogue and to promptly set aside time for the individual, private appointments when requested.
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 student-athletes involved. As you have read from the list above, certain things can be and should be discussed with the coach. Other things, such as those listed below, must be left to the discretion of the coach.
Situations may arise which require a conference between the coach and the parent. It is important that both parties involved have a clear understanding of the other’s position. When conferences are necessary, the following procedures should be followed to promote a solution to the issue of concern.
Please do not attempt to discuss a concern with a coach before or after a contest or practice. These can be emotional times for both the coach and the parent. Meetings of this nature usually do not promote positive resolutions.
If a meeting with a coach does not provide a satisfactory resolution, call and set up an appointment with the Athletic Director to discuss the situation.