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Basketball coaches, parents should meet
November 4, 2012 - Burt Angeli
Good advice for coaches from Tom Hursey, executive director of the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan:
“In a matter of weeks you will be heading into another basketball season. Great expectations and excitement to see if your team is a contender or a pretender.
Every year I mention that the most important pre-season meeting you have will be that meeting with your players' parents.
First, if you don't have one, you are making a BIG mistake. Your parents will have more influence on the success of your team than you might think. They need to know what you are doing, when you will do it and how you plan to go about doing it.
You need to be specific about your practice plans and practice times. Are parents allowed to attend practices? Will you let families know your practice schedule ahead of time so they can make plans? How do you determine your starting line-up? What is your philosophy about playing time? Will you play 7-8 players until the outcome of the game is determined? Or will you try to play everybody?
Your parents need to know.
How will you use social media to communicate with the players? With the parents? How should parents contact you? Does your school have a policy for parents voicing their concerns about the coach? Are they allowed to start at the top or must they start with the coach and work up?
These are just a few questions that need to be answered at a meeting with parents BEFORE the games begin. I have found if the parents know what and why you are doing certain things, they might not agree, but they at least are aware of how you make decisions.
X's and O's don't get you dismissed from a coaching assignment, parents and lack of communication do.
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