Coaching Basics: Why You Should Have a Meeting With the Parents
Your first year as a soccer coach will be full of both rewards and challenges. As you get your team together and begin training for the coming season, the team at Fold-A-Goal is here to help. We would like to share our thoughts on the importance of holding a parent meeting at the onset of a new season, and we hope that this information will be of value to you as you get your players up and running.
Share Information from Day One
Perhaps the most compelling reason to hold a parent meeting at the beginning of a new soccer season is to have an opportunity to share information with the families of your players. In youth athletics, most parents want to maintain a degree of connection to the adults who are teaching, coaching or mentoring their kids. Having a chance to meet them in person and share your coaching philosophy, rules and expectations can make the season run more smoothly for everyone involved. One tip that can assist in improving communications is to create a master list of phone and email contacts for parents and coaching staff.
Outline Your Expectations for the Season
During your parent meeting, let the families know what you expect regarding practice times, drop-off and pick-up routines and game day support. This is the best time to ask for assistance, and you may be surprised how many parents are willing to roll up their sleeves and help. Don't be timid about delegating work to those who want to take on responsibilities, such as creating a phone tree to pass on important information, scheduling practice and game day snack duties, or even organizing carpool groups. The more of these tasks that your team parents can take on, the more time you will have to dedicate to coaching.
Talk About Playing Time Plans
One thing that most soccer parents are concerned about is how much time their child will have on the field during games. Be ready to discuss your playing time plans, so that parents and players know what to expect as the season goes on. It may also be a good approach to ask parents to hold any complaints that they might have until after two games have been played. That allows parents to see your coaching techniques in action before they just make assumptions. Very often, this approach reduces parent complaints to a very manageable level and gives you a chance to get your program set up the way you intended.
At Fold-A-Goal, we have plenty of products to support your role as a new soccer coach, and to get your season off to a great start! Visit our site to learn more about what we have to offer, including the "new coach starter kit" that can get you up and running in no time. We look forward to serving you and your athletic program for many years to come.