The Parent/Coach Meeting
Having an early season parent/coach meeting is essential. It sets the tone for the season and provides an opportunity to have a discussion in a relaxed atmosphere. The following is a suggested agenda for coaches and team managers to follow. It may be helpful to cut and paste various links mentioned below into a pre- or post-meeting email to parents.
Welcome and Introduction
- Introduce coaches, assistant coaches and team manager. Have each tell parents a little about their background and qualifications.
- Share our/your coaching philosophy with parents.
- We focus on long-term player development (technical, tactical, psychological and physical)
- Our goal is to improve all players’ soccer skills, leadership skills and fair play etiquette
- Team building and a supportive team atmosphere are key to successful teams
- We expect players to be focused at practice (you play like you practice)
- We aim to keep fun and enjoyment in all practices and games
- Review practice schedule and expectations (e.g. arrival times, attendance)
- Discuss team communications, such as: preferred methods of communication, when game times/fields will be communicated and how/when to discuss concerns throughout the season. Inform parents that LISA website has schedule and soccer information for U12 – U18.
- Review Bays’ Policy on playing time as it pertains to your team:
- U12 players get equal playing time each match.
- U13-U18 VIPL get a minimum of 50% playing time over the course of the regular season.
- U13-U18 Gold get a minimum of 50% playing time during each match throughout the regular season.
- U13-U18 Silver get equal playing time each match.
- Remind parents that we adhere to all BC Soccer player safety guidelines and concussion protocols. Refer to Bays’ Concussion Prevention Toolkit.
- Suggest parents review Bays’ Parent Information webpage for helpful videos, player safety, field guidelines, etc.
- Remind parents to support all players on the field and reinforce expectation that parents will not criticize or sideline-coach any player – either Bays or opposition – including their own child.
- Remind parents to review the Parent Code of Conduct and Player Code of Conduct with their child.
- Request that parents read LISA’s Spectator & Team Conduct Zero Tolerance Policy towards referees and officials.
- Discuss off-field team building events (i.e. Vikes games, swimming, etc) and ask for suggestions and volunteers to coordinate.
- Discuss Bays’ optional Programs, Academies & Camps for extra training and skill development.
- Invite parents to peruse our Bays Wear website (SoccerX). Discuss whether there may be interest in group kit orders for team wear (e.g. practice jerseys, jackets).
- Inform parents about Bays United social media pages (Facebook & Instagram) for community building. Teams can send photos and news to firstname.lastname@example.org to share with the club on social media and/or the website.
- Invite parent questions.