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Parent/Coach Communication Guide

HADDONFIELD YOUTH BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION (HYBA)
(Adapted from the HMHS PARENT/COACH COMMUNICATION GUIDE)

PARENT/COACH RELATIONSHIP
Both parenting and coaching are extremely difficult vocations. By establishing an understanding of each
position, we are better able to accept the actions of the other and provide greater benefits to children. As parents, when your child becomes involved in our program, you have a right to understand what expectations are placed on your child. This begins with clear communication from the coach of your child’s team.
 
The travel teams sponsored by the HYBA participate at the highest competitive levels available for their age groups.  Making the team does not guarantee playing time in games.  Playing time is a coaching decision. Playing time must be earned through compliance with team rules and performance during practices and games. As your child becomes involved in the HYBA travel basketball program he/she will experience rewarding moments. 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. 
 
COMMUNICATION YOU SHOULD EXPECT FROM YOUR CHILD’S COACH 

1. Philosophy of the coach.
2. Expectations for your child and all players on squad.
3. Locations and times of practices and games.
4. Team rules.
5. Discipline that may result in denial of your child’s participation.
 
COMMUNICATION COACHES EXPECT FROM PARENTS

1. Express concerns about a coach’s philosophy and/or expectations directly to the coach.
2. Notify coach of any schedule conflicts well in advance. 
 
APPROPRIATE CONCERNS TO DISCUSS WITH COACHES

1. The treatment of your child both mentally and physically.
2. Ways to help your child improve.
3. Concerns about your child’s behavior.
 
It is very difficult to accept your child’s not playing as much as you may hope. Coaches make judgment
decisions based on what they believe to be best for the team. Certain things can be and should be
discussed with your child’s coach. Other issues must be left to the discretion of the coach. 
 
ISSUES NOT APPROPRIATE TO DISCUSS WITH COACHES 

1. Amount of playing time.
2. Team strategy.
3. Other players.
 
There are situations that may require a conference between the coach and the parent. These are encouraged. It is important that both parties involved have a clear understanding of the other’s position. When these conferences are necessary, the procedures below should be followed to help promote a resolution to the issue of concern.
 
IF YOU HAVE A CONCERN TO DISCUSS WITH A COACH, PLEASE FOLLOW THIS PROCEDURE

Choose an appropriate occasion. Immediately before, during or after a game is NOT an appropriate occasion. 
 
WHAT STEPS CAN A PARENT TAKE IF THE MEETING WITH THE COACH DOES NOT PROVIDE A
SATISFACTORY RESOLUTION?

Contact the appropriate Director of the HYBA Boys or Girls Travel Division:  
Boys Director - Gary Narducci 
Girls Director - Scott Kegler (scott.kegler@gmail.com)