Navigating a parent-coach relationship can be vital to a successful season especially as sports slowly return as a result of COVID-19. With restrictions changing rapidly, communication during this time is important in supporting children’s mental and physical well-being as many rely on sports as an outlet for exercise, friendship, and personal development.
At TeamLinkt we put together some tips for sports parents in contributing to a positive Coach-Parent Partnership that will provide benefit to youth teams at this time.
1. Recognize the Coaches’ Volunteerism
Coaches make a commitment to your child’s team beyond just games and practices. More often than not they are volunteering their spare time. Respect the time they are donating and their commitment to the team before approaching them with any concerns.
2. A Balance of Positives and Negatives
As a coach, many only hear parent complaints. Be sure to also provide the coach with specific and truthful praise when positive events take place. This encourages them to continue doing things that you believe provide benefit to the youth athletes while acknowledging their efforts.
3. Keep Your Concerns Among Adults
It is important not to share your disapproval of the coach with your child. Many children will not see this perspective and may feel forced to pick a side. If issues present themselves encourage your child to approach their coach on their own. This builds relationships and encourages self-advocacy.
4. Be Encouraging to Your Child
Let your child know you support them regardless of their performance. Competitive sports can be stressful for players and adding additional critiques on top of what the coach has told them can be overwhelming.
Use TeamLinkt for Positive Communication
TeamLinkt’s communication tools ensure open communication between coaching staff and parents. Need to organize a private meeting or send an affirmation? Do it via the team chat feature. Children learn when you lead by example and sports are a big part of their overall development. Let TeamLinkt’s free sports app help you with positive communication this season!