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Make Your Pre-Season Parent's Meeting a Success

An agenda for your pre-season meeting

  • Introductions. Tell parents a bit about yourself. Include your coaching background and qualifications. Introduce your coaching staff-or let them introduce themselves.
  • Describe your coaching philosophy. Discuss playing time, your views on playing children in fixed positions, and how you will develop players' skills.
  • Your objective(s) for the season. How will you define 'winning'? In terms of matches won/lost? Or player enjoyment...or both.
  • Discuss what your club expects from coaches, players and parents.
  • Tell parents how you will keep in touch with them during the season. If you choose text messaging or email, make sure you have the right details on file.
  • Recruit volunteers such as team managers, a fundraising coordinator, a team to set up and tear down nets/flags and sideline officials.
  • Questions and answers.
  • Thank everyone for taking part in the meeting.

 
Explain What Your Parents and Players Can Expect From You and Your Staff

  • Coaches will make sure players will all receive significant playing time each match (this is up to the individual coach, but let parents know what your plans are).
  • A focus on long term player development and not short term success.
  • We hope to improve all player’s soccer skills, leadership skills, and respect for opponents and officials.
  • We will coach to win all of our matches but not at the expense of our player’s enjoyment or long term development.
  • Practice and games will be enjoyable for the players (this includes everything from using small sided games instead of drills to eliminating bullying). As soon as practices become like work, kids lose interest.
  • We will be organized and prepared for every practice and game.
  • We will listen and will be available to talk individually with all players and parents.
  • We will remember that this is for the players.

 
Explain What You Expect From the Parents

  • Support your child unconditionally. Focus on the positive aspects of their game.
  • Put in the effort to have your child to practice and games on time, properly dressed, and with a water bottle.
  • Do not criticize the coaches in front of your child or other parents. If you are unhappy with the coaching arrange a face to face meeting with the coaches.
  • Encourage your child to speak with the coach. Let your child take on the responsibilities of handling off the field communications. This will encourage maturity and responsibility and they will claim ownership of the game on and off of the field.
  • Help your child to focus on effort and not the result. Remember that winning is not as important as effort and performance.
  • Support all the players on the team. Do not criticize your child or any of the other players-especially in front of them or their parents.
  • Do not criticize or confront the opponents, their parents, their coaches or the officials.
  • Never dispute a referee's decision. They will make mistakes occasionally. We all do. (If you abuse or shout at the referee you are breaking the rules of the game and risk generating a fine for the club or having your own child suspended for the season.
  • Do not coach from the touch lines during matches or training. (Leave this to the coach or you may cause confusion and could have a negative effect on your child's confidence).
  • Do not enter the field of play or the team bench area.

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