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Coaches, Players and Parents Charter

PARENTS:

          All parents are encouraged to abide by the following:

  • Please let the coaches coach! Mixed instructions from the sidelines often cause confusion and can often lead to distress in young children.
  • Be your child's best fan; Support your child unconditionally. Do not withdraw your support when your child does not play so well.
  • Continually support all the players on the team. Encourage teamwork. Your child's teammates are not the enemy. When they are playing better than your child is, your child has the opportunity to learn and raise his game to their standards.
  • Please do not bribe or offer incentives. Bribes only distract the children from performing as a team.
  • Help your child keep his priorities straight. Help your child maintain a focus on his schoolwork, relationships, and the other things in life besides sports. Keep sports in its proper perspective. Sports, despite arguments to the contrary, should not be larger than life. If your child's performance produces strong emotions in you, suppress them and remember that your relationship with your child will continue long after he stops playing sports. Keep your goals and needs separate from your child's experiences.
  • Have Fun. That is what we will be trying to do. We will try to challenge your child to reach past their comfort level and improve themselves as a player and as a person. We will attempt to do this in ways that are fun, yet challenging. We look forward to this process. We hope you will as well.

COACHES:

  • The coach should always be honest with the players, giving them the same respect that you expect them to give you.
  • Organize your time so that when the players arrive for practice you are ready for them.
  • Always remember... Players come first, not the coach's ego.
  • Improving individual technique is more important than winning.
  • Plan and structure the training sessions - always have an aim and purpose in mind.
  • Give good examples and set good standards.
  • Be enthusiastic and try to inspire the players.
  • Set achievable targets for the players.
  • Vary the training sessions.
  • Have fun, and enjoy the time that you spend with the players.

PLAYERS:

  • The player has a responsibility to the coach and to the rest of the team - to ensure that he is ready and fully prepared for practices and for games. Failure to do so lets many people down. Be on time for practices and games.
  • Players should inform their coach if they are unavailable on any particular day or week, and similarly if they are ill or injured.
  • Players should bring with them to every practice and game: Water, Appropriate clothing and footwear suitable for the conditions and the time of year, Appropriate equipment - wear to practice what you would wear in a game.