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The Principal's Office

Parent/Coach Communication

Parent/Coach Relationship ~

Both parenting and coaching are extremely challenging vocations.  By establishing an understanding of each position, we are better able to accept the actions of each other, providing greater benefit to children.  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 son/daughter's coach ~
Philosophy of the coach
Expectations the coach has for your child and the other players on the squad
Locations and times of all practices and contests
Team requirements, i.e. fees, special equipment, off-season conditioning
Procedure should your child be injured during participation
Discipline that results in the denial of your child's participation

Communication the coaches expect from parents ~
Concerns, expressed directly to the coach
Notification of any schedule conflicts well in advance
Specific concerns regarding a coach’s philosophy and/or expectations

As your children become involved in the Southgate Athletic program, they will experience some of the most rewarding moments of their lives.  It is important to understand that there may also be times when things do not go the way you or your child wishes.  At these times, discussion with the coach is encouraged.

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 others position.

Appropriate concerns to discuss with the coaches ~
- The treatment of your child, mentally and physically.
- Ways to help your child improve.
- Concerns about your child's behavior.

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 students involved.

While there are certain things which can and should be discussed with your child's coach, and there are other things which must be left to the discretion of the coach.

Issues not appropriate to discuss with coaches ~
- Playing time
- Strategy
- Play calling
- Other student-athletes

When parent-coach conferences are necessary, the following procedure should be followed to help promote a resolution to the issue of concern.

If you have a concern to discuss with a coach, the procedure you should follow ~
- Call or email the coach to set up an appointment.
- The Davidson main office telephone number is 734-246-4628.
- If the coach cannot be reached, call the Athletic Director, 734-246-4611.  A meeting will be set up for you.
- Please do not attempt to confront a 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. We ask that you apply a 24 hour rule, meaning that you should wait a minimum of 24 hours before contacting a coach in person, by phone or through email.

The Next Step ~
What can a parent do if the meeting with the coach did not provide a satisfactory resolution?
- Call and set up an appointment with the Athletic Director to discuss the situation.
- At this meeting the appropriate next step can be determined.

Research indicates that students involved in co-curricular activities have a greater chance for success during adulthood.  We hope the information provided makes both your child's and your experience with the Southgate Community School District athletic program more enjoyable.

We believe that the Southgate Community School District Athletic program helps develop the character traits that promote a successful life after high school.

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An Athletics Poem to Parents

How badly you must want to win, not for yourself but me, 
so help me play this game, with dedication, goals and dignity.

It's embarrassing for me, when you criticize my coach, if
you think you can be helpful, then try a new approach.

Call and make arrangements, to meet coach face to face, 
far better than to yell at them in such a public place.

Think that you will also find, your friendship will be sealed, 
in a more conducive atmosphere, than on the playing field.

Please try to go along with coach, not judging wrong or right.

You know they've got a job to do, that must be done tonight.

As coach stands alone down there, in front of all the fans, 
help him do the job he must, by staying silent in the stands.

Snap decisions he must make, under pressure of the game, 
and certainly where you must sit, 'tis not really quite the same.

Even when he calls it right, I often make a mistake, 
that surely makes him look as though his coaching is at stake.

Sometimes he will chew me out, then he'll pat me on the back, 
and I will get it next time, you can count on that.

He'll take the blame for losses and walk out on a limb, 
but he’ll give his team credit for each and every win.

So be there when I need you. Shout encouragement to me.