Just like the coach, the parents of your team are busy trying to balance work schedules with home events and juggle sport activities on the side. Managing team family members can play a big part in the success of your season. Because of this, it's very important to find constructive ways of communicating your expectations and needs.
As a general rule of thumb, everyone makes mistakes. Unfortunately, some people make the same mistake over and over again. If you have a parent / guardian in this situation, it's OK to ask them (in a nice way) to get on the same page.
It is highly suggested to approach the discussion by TRYING TO PUT YOURSELF IN THEIR SHOES. Ask a lot of questions and don't make demands. Word the discussion in a way that makes ownership of the problem both yours and theirs at the same time. SHARE THE PROBLEM AND THE SOLUTION. As long as you show respect and understanding in the beginning of your conversation then you most likely will get the same in return.
When all else fails, if you feel something more needs to be done, contact your club AGC (Age Group Coordinator) and ask for advice. It is very important to set the tone by letting the parents know your expectations in the beginning of the season. See more on this at the "Communications" page.
Recommended guidelines for practice:
Call the coach if the player is unhappy or not having fun
Do not coach from the sidelines, let the coach do the coaching
Bring equipment and hot or cold weather gear
Be 5 minutes early for everything
Bathroom breaks & shoes tied before leaving the house
Don't come hungry or thirsty
Unless excused on a case by case basis - parents must stay for every event
Keep the conversation in the car light and always positive - no stress during the ride to or home
Do not make negative comments about the team or coach in front of the players
Ask parents to sign a hard copy of the WWSC Parent Code of Conductand make sure they accept responsibility for keeping other family members and spectators under control during events.
Openly discuss sportsmanship and ask parents to visit "www.gowestsidewarriors.com" and view the video slide show on the WWSC Sportsmanship Credo. Request they print the final page (with confirmation number), put their name on it and bring it to you before games begin.
Recommended guidelines for spectators at games:
Stay in the designated spectator area opposite side of the field from the team
Do not walk up and down the side lines or behind the goals
Do not yell instructions to the players - let the coaches do the coaching
Do not talk to the referee at all - nothing
Do not make negative comments about the coach or referee so that others can over hear
Cheer on both teams - keep it positive - make friends with the other teams spectators
Be responsible for your actions and the actions of your visitors
Notify your coach if someone is not following the rules or acting unsportsmanlike
Ask the coach for help if you notice your player acting unsportsmanlike