Communication Guidelines and Procedures
- Communication you should expect from your child’s coach
- Communication coaches expect from parents
- Appropriate concerns to discuss with coaches
- Issues NOT appropriate to discuss with coaches
- If you have a concern to discuss with a coach, the procedure you should follow
- What can a parent do if the meeting with the coach did not provide a satisfactory resolution?
- Philosophy of the coach. Expectations the coach has for your child as well as all the players on the squad.
- Locations and times of all practices and contests. (Parent attendance at practices should be minimal and only with the approval of the Athletic Director in conjunction with the coach.)
- Team requirements, i.e. special equipment, off-season conditioning. Procedure should your child be injured during participation.
- Discipline that results in the denial of your child’s participation
- Concerns expressed directly to the coach.
- Notification of any schedule conflicts well in advance.
- Specific concern in regard to a coach’s philosophy and/or expectations.
As your children become involved in the programs at Susquehanna Township, they will experience some of the most rewarding moments of their lives. It is important to understand that there also may be times when things do not go the way you or your child wishes. At these times discussion with the coach is encouraged.
- The treatment of your child, mentally and physically.
- Ways to help your child improve.
- Concerns about your child’s behavior.
Issues NOT appropriate to discuss with coaches
- Playing time
- Team Strategy
- Play calling
- Other student-athletes
There are situations that may require a conference between the coach and the parent. These are to be encouraged. It is important that both parties involved have a clear understanding of the others position. When these conferences are necessary, the following procedure should be followed to help promote a resolution to the issue of concern.
- Call to set up an appointment.
- The Susquehanna Township High School telephone numbers are: High school main office and Athletic Office (717) 657-5117.
- If the coach cannot be reached, call the Athletic Director they will set up the meeting for you.
- Call and set up an appointment with the Athletic Director to discuss the situation.
- At this meeting the appropriate next step can be determined.
Since research indicates a student involved in extra-curricular activities has a greater chance for success during adulthood, these programs have been established. Many of the character traits required to be successful participant are exactly those that will promote a successful life after high school. We hope the information provided within this pamphlet makes both your child’s and your experience with the Susquehanna Township athletic program less stressful and more enjoyable.