Meet the Parents

Meet the Parents

Meet the ParentsWith the new season only a few months away, hopefully you are getting prepared for those first days of practice and one of the first things that you will want to do is conduct a parents meeting. As an inexperienced coach, I questioned if this was really necessary, but with experience I learned that it most definitely is. If nothing else, the exercise of putting a meeting agenda together forces you to think about things like:

– How do I want parents to contact me?
– How am I going to conduct practice?
– What are my expectations for practice attendance?
– What is my philosophy concerning playing time?
– How do I expect players to act towards opponents, teammates, and coaches?
– How will I communicate schedule updates and changes to the parents?
– What is our practice schedule going to look like?
– What is the process for parents to voice complaints?
– When do I expect players to arrive on game day?
– What equipment do I expect players to have with them on game day?
– How would I like parents to conduct themselves in the stands?
– What is the process for parents to voice complaints?
– What are my intentions concerning the discussion of schemes and strategies?
– What parent volunteers do I need?
– What Key/Event dates will we have?
– What key Website links do I need to share?

I would suggest that prior to the parents meeting you email the parents with a copy of the agenda and most importantly take attendance at the meeting. It has been my experience that some of my worst critics and complainers have come from parents who did not attend the meeting. Even if all of your parents attend, there is no guarantee that you won’t have issues, but it will guarantee that you will experience fewer issues had you chosen not to take the time to do this. Below is a link to a sample agenda that might help you get jump started.

Parents Meeting Agenda:  Parents