Set out your expectations at the start of the season on a document that every parent receives. This must include your process for team selection and game time/ rotations.
Provide a feedback form for parents to use to communicate any concerns throughout the season
Explain how you will communicate – at training – on game day – during the week
Tell parents what areas of success you hope to achieve for their kids
Ask them to assist you on match day by using positive barracking
Explain to them that match day is not for new messages/advice
Expect parents to stay away from the coaching team and players on the sidelines during a match
Be proactive – Expect one of your parents to believe that their child is ‘gifted’. Be ready to provide this parent with evidence based researchthat shows a junior champion rarely translates to an elite athlete.