Kutztown Area School District Parent-Coach Communication Plan
The KASD Athletic Department is committed to bringing together both the parents and coaches to build better programs.
Both parenting and coaching are extremely difficult roles. By establishing an understanding of each position, we are better able to accept the actions of the other and provide greater benefit to the students. As parents, when your children become involved in our program, you have a right to understand what expectations are placed on your child. This begins with clear communication from the coach of your child’s program.
Communication You Should Expect From Your Child’s Coach
1. Expectations the coach has for your child as well as all the players on the team
2. Locations and times of all practices and contests
3. Team requirements, i.e. fees, special equipment, off-season conditioning
4. Procedures should your child be injured during participation
5. Discipline that results in the denial of your child’s participation
Communication Coaches Expect From Parents
1. Concerns expressed directly to the coach
2. Notification of any schedule conflicts well in advance
3. Specific concern in regard to the coach’s philosophy and/or expectations
As your children become involved in the programs at Kutztown, they will experience some of the most rewarding moments in their lives. It is important to understand that there also may be times when things do not go the way you or your child wishes. At these times, discussion with the coach is encouraged by both the athlete and the parents.
Appropriate Concerns To Discuss With Coaches
1. Treatment of your child, mentally and physically
2. Methods to help your child improve
3. Concerns about your child’s behavior
It is difficult to accept that your child may not be playing as much as you may hope. Coaches make judgment decisions based on what they believe to be the best for all students involved. As you have seen from the list above, certain things can be and should be discussed with your child’s coach. Other things should be left to the discretion of the coach.
Issues NOT Appropriate To Discuss With Coaches
1. Playing time
2. Team strategy
3. Play calling
4. Other student-athletes
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 become necessary, the procedure below should be followed to help promote a resolution for the issue of concern.
If You Or Your Child Has A Concern To Discuss With A Coach, The Procedure You Should Follow Is:
1. Encourage your child to speak directly to the coach.
2. Email the Coach to set an appointment (if you do not have access to email you may call the Athletic Director or coach directly)
3. If the meeting with the coach does not provide a satisfactory resolution, write a letter to the athletic director describing in detail the problem.
Please do not attempt to confront the coach before or after a contest or practice. These can be emotional times for both the parent and the coach. Meetings of this nature do not promote resolution.
What A Parent Can Do If The Meeting With The Coach Did Not Provide A Satisfactory Resolution
1. Call and set up an appointment with the Athletic Director to discuss the situation
2. At this meeting the appropriate next step can be determined
The Kutztown Area School District believes that a student involved in extra and co-curricular activities has a greater chance for success during adulthood, such programs have been established by the Kutztown Area School District. Many of the character traits required to be successful participants are exactly those that will promote a successful life after high school. We hope the information provided makes both your child’s and your experience less stressful and more enjoyable.