PARENTS/COACH/PLAYER RELATIONSHIP

We are honored to have your child participate with the Northwest Cougars Youth Football Program. It is our mission to provide a positive experience for all our athletes. We hope to instill positive values through the pursuit of victory and fun. This message is intended to aid in the communication between parents and coaches so that athletes and parents understand the steps they may take to address anything they think is or may become an issue. Good communication is a key ingredient of the positive experience we hope to provide.

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF US ALL:

It is expected that all parties involved with NWC will demonstrate proper respect for each other. This includes parents, coaches, players, opponents, officials, and opposing fans.  

 

COMMUNICATION PARENTS SHOULD EXPECT FROM COACHES:

  • Expectations the coach has of your son or daughter.

  • Locations and times of all practices and contests.

  • Team requirements regarding equipment, and other activities, etc.

  • Codes of conduct and discipline.

  • Notification of liability for any damaged or missing equipment.

COMMUNICATION COACHES SHOULD EXPECT FROM PARENTS:

  • Notification of any special concerns such as medical conditions.

  • Notification of any scheduling conflicts in advance.

  • Excuses for an athlete's absence.

  • Concerns are expressed directly to the coach, calmly and fairly.

  • Specific concerns expressed rather than vague or general statements.

Athletics will provide some of the kid's most cherished memories and some of their greatest disappointments. This is where the value of competitive sports lies. It can be difficult for parents to be objective or to stay calm when their kid’s emotions are at stake, but honest and reasonable communication resolves most issues.

DECISIONS RESERVED FOR COACHES:

  • Playing time.

  • Team strategy/play calling.

  • Matters concerning other athletes.

Only one person is the head coach, and that person holds the right to exercise the stewardship of that job. Rarely is a parent or fan aware of all the factors that come to play in the above-mentioned kind of decisions. Conferences between parents and coaches on the above issues may still be helpful, but it is necessary for each party to understand the other person's concerns and where their prerogatives begin and end.

 

If You Have A Concern to Discuss with A Coach, please follow these procedures:

(Please do not approach a coach before practice if you have not previously arranged to do so, or before/after a game. These are busy and emotional times, and meetings at these times usually are not as helpful.)

  1. Encourage your son/daughter to speak with the coach first. 

  2. Contact the coach by phone call, text, or email to discuss or set up a face-to-face meeting.

  3. Contact the head coach by call, text, or email to ask for a face-to-face meeting, if the coach could not be reached or concern was not addressed.

  4. If the Head Coach does not give a timely response or the face-to-face meeting does not provide a satisfactory resolution, contact the President or Vice President via phone call, text, or email to set up a meeting to discuss the situation.  Appropriate next steps can be determined, if necessary. 

TIPS FOR PARENTS OR ATHLETES:

According to most athletes, ideal parents...

  • Attend events often.

  • Accept the athlete's goals and don't impose their own.

  • Surrender their athlete to the coaches and the team.

  • Give athletes time and space after games.

  • Focus on the team, not the individual.

  • Attempt to relieve pressure, not increase it.

  • Accept the outcomes and don't make excuses.

  • Are positive role models.

  • Let the athlete hear only one "instructional voice" -- the coaches.

  • Let the player and the team solve their own problems as much as possible.

  • Don't forget it's a game and never be the one to take the fun out of it.

  • Don't let the outcome matter more to them than it does to the athlete.

  • Don't let their child feel they and the coach are on different sides. (That's a lose-lose choice for the athlete.)

  • Remember that the only guarantee is that it won't be a perfect season... the value of athletics lies in its ability to let youth experience real triumph and real defeat, true self-discipline and dependence upon a team, and to learn from it​.

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