Parent Coach Communication

Coaching, like parenting, is both rewarding and tough. When your son becomes involved in our athletic program, you have a right, as his parent, to understand what expectations are placed on him. We hope the following guidelines will help establish healthy relationships between all of our parents and coaches and, in turn, help all of us to better serve our student-athletes. We can’t wait to see you out supporting our boys. Eagles Fly High!

List of 5 items.

  • Communication you should expect from the Gonzaga Athletic Department

    • Game schedules
    • A copy of the WCAC Code for High School Athletics
    • Directions to athletic events
    • An overview of the athletic department’s philosophy and procedures
    • Weight and training room procedures
  • Communication you should expect from your son’s coach

    • Philosophy of the coach
    • Expectations the coach has for your son as well as the other players on his team
    • Locations and times of all practices and contests
  • Appropriate concerns to discuss with coaches

    • Advice for how to help your son improve
    • Concerns about your son’s behavior or academic progress
    • The mental or physical treatment of your son
  • Concerns not appropriate to discuss with coaches

    • Playing time
    • Team strategy
    • Play calling
    • Other student-athletes
  • Setting up a conference

    There may be situations that require a conference between the coach and parent. These are to be encouraged. When these conferences are necessary, please follow the procedure below to help produce a resolution that everyone feels satisfied with.
    • First, have your son speak with the coach. If the issue has not been resolved, the parent should make an appointment to meet with the coach.
    • Please do not attempt to confront a coach before or after a contest or practice. These can be emotional times for both the parent and the coach.
    • If the meeting with the coach did not resolve the issue, parents are always welcome to set up an appointment with Jim Kilroy, Assistant Headmaster for Student Life.
Parent Guidelines

1. Parents are asked to please not attend practice.
2. Realize that as parents you represent Gonzaga.
3. Recognize that good sportsmanship is more important than victory by approving and applauding good team play, individual skill, and outstanding examples of sportsmanship and fair play exhibited by either team.
4. Recognize that since the primary purpose of high school athletics is to promote physical, mental, moral, social, and emotional well being, whether a team wins or loses is of secondary importance.
5. Treat visiting teams and officials as guests by extending to them every courtesy.
6. Be modest in victory and gracious in defeat.
7. Respect the judgment and integrity of the officials, realizing that their decisions are based upon game conditions as they observe them.
8. Please do not use noisemakers during indoor interscholastic games.
9. Please don’t gossip. It only hurts the players, program, and families!
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