Parents are an important part of the success of the ACS athletic program. Your support and assistance will be needed during the year. Parents may be asked to be available to volunteer in the concession area, ticket sales, and support fund-raising activities. Your cooperation/support will be a blessing to the program, and an encouragement to the athletes and athletic program.
The ACS Booster Club proudly supports the academic and sports programs of ACS. Parents who are interested in volunteering their time or effort to the booster club should contact the school office.
As parents, you have the right to understand the expectations that will be placed on the student athlete when they become involved in ACS’s athletic program. This begins with clear communication from the coach of your student athlete’s sport. If a parent desires a conference with a coach or athletic director, contact the athletic director or coach by phone or email to set up an appointment. Do not confront a coach before, during, or after a game or practice. It is vital for parents to support and respect the athletic program and coaches. Please refrain from criticizing the coach in front of your child or any other members of the team. This will encourage team unity. In order to maintain each student’s focus, team practices are designed solely for team conditioning and training. The focus of the athlete is greatly divided when spectators are present. We ask that family/friends refrain from attending practices unless prior arrangements are made with the head coach.
Communication Parents Should Expect From Coaches
Communications that parents should expect from coaches of the student athlete are as follows: expectations for your student athlete, locations and times of practices, and team requirements (fees, special equipment, off-season conditioning, camps). Discipline that may result in denial of your child’s participation, as well as student’s attitude, work ethic, and eligibility may also be communicated.
Communication Coaches Should Expect From Parents
Communications that parents should convey to the coaches are notification of injuries, discipline of the student athlete, and notification of any schedule conflicts. These should be discussed with the coach in a timely manner.
Issues Not Appropriate to Discuss With Coaches
Amount of playing time, team strategy, and other student/athletes are not appropriate issues to discuss with a coach. As your student athlete becomes involved in the sports program at ACS, they will experience a sense of pride and accomplishment. Please encourage the student to keep a positive attitude and respect the coach and team. There are situations that may require a conference between the coach, athletic directors, and parents. Communication with athletic staff is encouraged. The results of these conferences should promote a resolution to the issue of concern.
Issues Appropriate to Discuss With Coaches
Ways to help your student athlete improve and concerns about your student athlete’s behavior are appropriate concerns to discuss with a coach. It is very difficult to accept your student athlete not playing as much as you may hope. Coaches are conscience evaluators of student abilities. They make judgment decisions based on what they believe to be best for all student athletes involved. As you have seen from the list above, certain issues can be and should be discussed with your student athlete’s coach. Other issues must be left to the discretion of the coach