This is a critical step to make your season a success and keep things on track.
You need to document your:
- Practice schedule
- Game schedule
- Expectations of players
- Expectations of parents
Dealing with difficult parents is part of any coaching equation. This is one of the reasons why I strongly recommend that you hand the parents your season packet.
You can also keep the lines of communication open by sending home weekly notes about what the team is working on. This will help involve parents and they can practice at home with their children. Additionally include the schedule and reiterate any rules or expectations that you have for the team, particularly the ones that parents might have a difficult time grasping.
Like your young players, parents need to know what to expect and some will test you. You need to be prepared to stick to your guns and stand up for yourself. If you have a rule that parents are not allowed to sit behind the bench during games and 'backseat coach' then take measures to prevent this. Remind offenders of the rule and the reason for it.
One last suggestion. Don't feel like you need to defend yourself or convince others of your rules or the reasons behind them. You've written everything down, right?
Let's move into the fun stuff! Getting ready for your practice.