A parents meeting should be organized at least two to four weeks before the start of the season. Being a coach, it is your duty to give importance to a parents meeting.
A handout of three or four pages that includes is a list of the team with phone numbers and certain philosophies and organizational items should be prepared.
A parents meeting makes for a better run season for the kids, the parents and the coach. But, at the same time, make sure that this meeting should not last for more than ten to fifteen minutes.
The meeting should be made compulsory for all parents. Ample time should be devoted to the question and answer session.
The coach is required to lay out his goals and also, express to the parents about how he runs his practices. Besides this, the coach should also tell the parents that they should teach lessons of discipline and punctuality to their wards.
It should be informed to them that the players have to arrive at games 30 minutes before they start and if they cannot make a game, it is their duty to call up the coach to inform about the same.
Also, let the parents know that they are expected to be at the practice at least five minutes before it ends as it is not the responsibility of the coach to drop off the players at their respective destinations!
In the parents meeting, you ought to address all the complaints that the parents may have during the season. In order to cut down on the number of phone calls from parents, it is suggested that you develop a certain policy for the same and fix the period during which you will address the complaints.
To conclude, just make sure that that you have each of the points you want to bring up in writing. As you are volunteering your time, it is your duty as well as your right to make the season run as smooth as possible for yourself.
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