Monday, December 1, 2008

Take Time To Communicate Effectively With Coaches

I thought it was time for more coaching information, so here it goes!

My son isn’t playing enough.

Why can’t my daughter pitch more often?

Don’t you think my son would make a great quarterback?

These are questions coaches regularly face. More importantly, coaches are accountable for answering these inquiries – no question. However, there are appropriate ways parents should address these types of questions with coaches.

First off – remember that most coaches are volunteers. When you’re a volunteer, you’re not so much interested in criticism. After all, if you want it done “YOUR” way, then YOU can volunteer. However, if you approach them in a professional and cordial manner, then coaches are willing to address the questions you raise.

Just after games is not the best time to approach a coach. Win or lose, he/she is generally not in the frame of mind to address questions about the game. Wait a day or two and then contact the coach about the issue in question.

Here’s my word of advice – DO NOT USE E-MAIL TO ADDRESS A SERIOUS QUESTION WITH A COACH. In this age of 24/7, we rely far too often on convenient forms of communication. For quick and easy communication about times, schedules and announcements; e-mail is great! But if you have a question about your son or daughter’s participation in a team sport, face-to-face or phone conversation is much more effective than e-mail exchanges that often lead to more misunderstanding.

Please introduce yourself and communicate with coaches. Coaches like to know parents’ names and faces so that they can appropriately address any issues directly with the parents. From my experience, I know I enjoy being able to identify parents without having to look up their names in my files.

Take time to communicate with your childrens’ coaches. You’ll be glad you did!

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