In many situations, the game of soccer requires significant explanation to Parents and spectators. Public relations become part of the job description for many coaches. Parents must be treated with respect, courtesy and honesty.
Coaches must not make derogatory or misleading comments to Parents, opposing teams and Coaches or spectators.
At Kenosia, Coaches are to keep spectators and parents on opposite side of the field from players and not behind end lines. Between the fields is only for Coaches and Players.
Coaches, to the best of their ability, are responsible for the conduct and sportsmanship of team Parents, assistant Coaches and spectators before, during and directly after the game.
At the start of both the Fall and Spring Sessions, Coaches shall explain to parents or guardians of their respective players the commitment (practices, games, conduct, etc.) that the team and organization expect of them and their child. Maintain an open dialogue with Parents, players, other Coaches, Division Coordinator, etc.
Coaches can arrange a communication network to notify parents/guardians of scheduling changes (practice and games) and arrange for refreshments (water, oranges, etc.) for the entire team for games and practices.
Coaches must be certain to have all debris cleaned up after all games and practices.
Coaches must remind Parents that Parents shouting instructions to a player from the sidelines can confuse the child and should not be permitted. The referee may bring this situation to the attention of the Coach. Positive encouragement is recommended.
Coaches must not use Parents as a forum to reveal unethical practices or rule violations by opposing teams and colleagues. Such matters need to be addressed administratively. Also, Parents must be informed of their right to make comments to the Division Coordinator or DYSC Board.
Coaches must copy and distribute the attached Parent Handout.