Preseason Parent/Guardian Meeting: Resource for Coaches
As the start of the season approaches for any team, chances are the Head Coach has scheduled an initial preseason meeting with players and parents/guardians to set expectations for the team. It's a great way for all parties involved to get on the same page from the beginning, and a great way for Coach to set the tone for a positive and successful season.
Aside from setting the expectations for players on the team, this initial preseason meeting is also a chance for Coach to set the tone for the parents and guardians as well. No Coach likes to deal with parent conflict, as it ends up taking the fun away from the kids on the team. This meeting is the perfect opportunity for Coach to set the behavioral standards for these parents and guardians (no obnoxious sideline yelling allowed!).
While this meeting is certainly a chance for Coach to introduce themselves to the new players, parents and guardians, it also is an introduction to the Coaches' philosophies and goals for the team throughout the season. Parents and guardians can also voice their opinions on what they expect from their kid during the season, so that both Coach and these parents/guardians have the same agenda moving forward.
Finally, this meeting is a great way for Coach to get other minor logistics squared away, such as finding out who can act as a volunteer in certain scenarios, what type of equipment and purchases are necessary for the players, and establishing a healthy schedule that both players and parents/guardians can work around.
The perfect tool to use for these preseason meetings is the Positive Coaching Alliances' Parent/Guardian Meeting Agenda Template. This template gives Coaches' a great idea on how to proceed through the meeting step by step, starting with a warm welcome and introductions, followed by outlining the Coaches' philosophy and goals for the team, and finishing with covering team logistics and other housekeeping notes. For more information on how to successfully run a preseason parent/player meeting, visit the Positive Coaching Alliance website to find additional resources and advice.
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