An example parent letter
The parent letter should be sent home after the sports coach has been given contact details for all team members. The quicker the letter is sent the better.This letter may be amended and copied by you to use with your own kid’s sports teams.
My name is Doug Locke and I have been appointed coach of the Brisbane under 11 basketball team for the upcoming season.
This letter is to invite you to a parents’ meeting and to briefly outline my coaching philosophy.
I have coached junior sports teams for many years and I have current coaching accreditation in basketball. I am really looking forward to meeting and working with you over the coming months to make your child’s participation in this team a positive and successful experience.
My coaching program will emphasize fun & enjoyment, skill development, and develop players ability to work cooperatively.
I want the children to learn all the basic skills of basketball and to become as skillful as they can. I also believe that forming friendships, developing a feeling of belonging and learning to share experiences with others is important to children.
It is my intention to give all the team members equal opportunity to play during the season. They will experience playing in a range of positions as I intend to rotate players and positions as much as possible.
I am inviting all parents to a short meeting at my home (clubhouse, training venue) on Tuesday March 5 at 7.30pm. At this meeting I will further outline my coaching philosophy and we can discuss important matters such as training, fees, fundraising and how you might be able to assist the team.
I look forward to meeting you.
This letter coupled with the code of conduct document is your defense should you strike ‘ugly parent’ syndrome.
Most disagreements between the sports coach, parents and players can be dissolved quickly if the coach can refer back to the beginning of the season and regurgitate the meetings content and code of conduct statements.
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