The Parents of Lady Mustangs help to make our program a success. The behind the scenes work the parents put in each week contribute greatly to our performance on the court. The job description of a Lady Mustang Parent is a lengthy one:
getting the girls to and from practice each day, organizing and preparing team meals, volunteering time at fundraisers, promoting Lady Mustangs Basketball throughout the community, positively motivating and cheering on the team on game nights, etc.

This year, the Lady Mustangs Basketball Program will continue to take steps forward because of the commitment of our Parents!

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Coach/Parent Partnership Positive Coaching Alliance
Creating Strong Parent-Coach Relationships Richard Weissbourd
Sports Psychology Guidelines for Parents Ultimate Sports Parents
The Morally Mature Sports Parent Richard Weissbourd

PARENT / COACH Relationship

Both parenting and coaching are very difficult. By establishing an understanding between coaches and parents, both are better able to accept the actions of the others and provide a more positive experience for everyone. Parents have the right to know, and understand, the expectations placed on them and their child.

Communication parents should expect from their daughter's coach:

  1. Expectations the coach has for your child, as well as for other players on the team

  2. Locations and times of practices and contests

  3. Team requirements (i.e., special equipment needed, school & team rules, off-season expectations)

Communication coaches expect from parents:

  1. Concerns regarding their daughter, expressed directly to the coach, at the appropriate time and place

  2. Notification of any schedule conflicts well in advance

Appropriate concerns to discuss with a coach:

  1. The mental and physical treatment of your child

  2. What your daughter needs to do to improve

  3. Concerns about your daughter's behavior

It can be very difficult to accept that your daughter is not playing as much as you and she had hoped. Coaches make decisions based on what they believe are in the best interest of all student athletes participating.

Issues NOT appropriate for discussion with your daughter's coach:

  1. How much playing time each athlete is getting

  2. Team strategy

  3. Play calling

  4. Any situation that deals with other student athletes

Procedure for Discussing Appropriate Concerns with a Coach
Some situations might require a conference between the coach and the parent. It is important that both parties involved have a clear understanding of the other's position. When these conferences are necessary, the following procedure should be used to help promote a resolution of the issue:

  1. Talk to your daughter first. She can usually clear up an issue that may arise.

  2. Call the coach or have your student-athlete speak with the coach directly.

  3. 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. Meetings of this nature do not promote resolution.

  4. Use the 24-hour rule. Wait to discuss a situation with at coach until 24 hours after the contest