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Parent-Coach Communitcation

Both parenting and coaching are extremely tough jobs.  Be establishing an understanding for each position, we are better able to accept the actions of the other and provide a better experience for the student athlete.  As a parent, when your child becomes involved in the Barons Football Program, you have a right to understand the expectations that are placed on your child.  This begins with clear communication from the coach of your child’s team.

Communication You Should Expect From Your Child’s Coach

  • Philosophy of the coach
  • The members of the coaching staff specifically working with your child.
  • Expectations the coach has for your child and other team members.
  • Locations and times of all practices, contest, and team functions.
  • Team requirements, such as fees, special equipment, off-season conditioning program, and team rules.
  • Procedures to be followed should your child be injured during practice or a contest.
  • Discipline procedures that may result in the denial of your child’s participation.

Communication Coaches Should Expect From Parents

  • Concerns expressed directly to the coach.
  • Notification of and schedule conflicts well in advance.
  • Specific concerns in regard to a coach’s philosophy and/or expectations.
  • Specific medical problems that would adversely impact your child’s performance and/or safety.

As your child becomes involved in the football program at BCC High School, they will experience some of the greatest and most rewarding moments of their young lives.  It is also vital to recognize and understand that there will be times when things do not go the way you or your child wish.  At times such as these, discussion with your child’s coach is encouraged.

Appropriate Concerns To Discuss With Coaches

  • The treatment of your child mentally and/or physically.
  • Ways to help your child improve.
  • Concerns about the behavior of your child.
  • Family concerns that may have an impact on your child and subsequent athletic participation.

It is very difficult to accept your child’s not playing as much as you hope.  Coaches are professionals.  They make judgment decisions based on what they believe to be the best for all members of the team.  As you have seen from the list above, certain things can be and should be discussed with your child’s coach.  Other things, such as the following items, must always be left to the discretion of the coach.

If you have a concern to discuss with a coach, this is the procedure you should follow:

  1. Email Coach Pope or stop by at one of the appropriate times to talk with him. Christian_pope@mcpsmd.org
  2. If Coach Pope cannot be reached, the Athletic Director can be reached at the school.
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