Communication is essential for players, parents, coaches and teams to be successful. Throughout the year, the Coach and Manager (if applicable-age appropriate) will often communicate information, including but not limited to, practices, games, team meetings and functions via email. Parents – please make sure your email address is correct in your family account and you can add multiple email addresses to ensure you receive the information. Any questions about practices, games, playing time, status on the team, etc. should be directed to the Coach. Please ask questions if you are unsure or need clarification from the Coach. Managers and other parents on the team are not involved with these decisions – only the Coach.
Positive Encouragement and Communication
Game day cheering and communication is highly encouraged as all kids appreciate the POSITIVE feedback. All encouragement/communication should be from the actions that occurred in the past – NOT in the future. Shouting “Go get the ball, Kick it, Run faster, etc.” not only confuses the player and can ultimately discourage positive play, but could be the complete opposite of what the Coach is trying to teach. Acknowledging a great effort, good shot, good defensive play, etc. are all positive reinforcements that kids thrive on.
How to Discuss Concerns or Problems?
In any team sport, concerns and/or conflicts will arise and there will be a time when a Parent must be heard. Prior to communicating with the Coach, please ask yourself –
Is my concern or comment true?
Does my concern or comment directly involve my child?
Is my concern or comment helpful?
Is my concern or comment genuine?
If YES, please follow the Communication Protocol outlined below:
- “Cooling Off Period” – wait 24 hours prior to contacting the Coach. This allows for time to calm down, evaluate your concern, and proceed with effective communication.
- NEVER interrupt practice or approach the coach after a game.
- Email or phone call to set up a time to communicate.
- Face to face communication for personal concerns.
After communicating with the Coach and you feel your concern was not properly addressed by the Coach, please contact the appropriate EDGE Director: