1. Be on time for practice or competition. Stretching and warm-up are very important for the safety of your athlete. If they stretch after they arrive, then they are interrupting the practice. Don’t be late for a competition, it can make your child feel rushed and unprepared! There is so much to be done before a competition – check in, makeup/hair touch ups, uniform checks and just encouraging everyone to compete! Be on time, or better yet – be early.
2. Talk to your coach and know what is going on: Make it a priority to stay informed. If you cannot attend a meeting, ask another parent (coach, office manager, etc) for to fill you in on important information.
3. Listen and encourage your coach and child: Technique and proper progression must be followed for safety and to build the foundation necessary to achieve more difficult skills in the future. Rushing this process can lead to injury, frustration, and burn out. So, trust your child coaches – they are well trained, educated and have a lot of experience.
4. Let Your Child be Responsible for his/her sport: Remember this is your child’s sport, not yours. Do not get caught up in it to the point that it is more about your child pleasing you than having fun and enjoying the sport for themselves. It is also very healthy to drop your child off and pick them up when practice is over. It is ok to pop in and watch your child every now and then.
5. Question our decisions. There is so much that goes into the decision making process of developing team and Level placement. These decisions are made by the coaches, who have each athlete’s best interest at heart. These decisions are not taken lightly and are taken with incredible consideration.
6. Go to your coach with compliments or concerns: If there is ever an issue, the first course of action should always be to go directly to your coach if you want a positive solution. It is important to have a regular dialogue with your coach and encourage him or her when things are going well and use positive constructive criticism when there is a problem or concern. Every coach, student and parents wants peace.
7. Please be the parent and let the coach be the coach: It can be distracting to the athletes if a parent is trying to over-talk the coach and offer advice. It can create an awkward tension among the athletes and coaches. Your child wants to respect you and his or her coach so it puts your child in the middle. Your coach should do the coaching and the parents job is to be the parent, both jobs are very important.
8. Be committed to a beginning date and an end date: Once you have committed to the team, the practice and made your payments and signed your contract, stay committed, be supportive and do everything you can to make a great team until the end of your contract. It is important that your child see how important a commitment is when you make one. There will be ups and downs like every relationship, when they know its not an option to quit, they will work through the issue and grow.
9. We are a team, support and encourage everyone: Support each member of your team. The other team wants to see you loose, your own team should encourage each other to win and do their best. Sometimes a team can defeat itself before it even begins if they do not support each other and stand as one team.
10. Make sure you know your payment deadlines: Financial commitments should be laid out well in advance. Tuition fees have to be paid on time to cover gym expenses and future meets. Paying your bills on time reduces your financial stress by avoiding late payment fees and possibly not be enrolled in competitions.