PARENT / COACH RELATIONSHIP
Both parenting and coaching are extremely challenging vocations. By establishing an understanding of
each position, we are better able to accept the actions of the other and provide greater benefits to our
student-athlete. As parents, when your child is given the privilege to be a part of the athletic program, you
have a right to understand what expectations are placed on your child. This begins with clear
communications from the student-athletes, parents, and coaching staff.
EXPECTATIONS FROM PARENTS
1. Assist your child in structuring time wisely and planning time management so that athletics do not
interfere with academics. LET’S WORK TOGETHER!!
2. Help your child understand that effort is an important ingredient in athletics.
3. Make arrangements to talk to the coach privately and early about perceived problems.
4. Do not emphasize “quitting” as the best way to solve problems, but rather perseverance.
5. Support the coaches preparation plan, techniques, decisions, and outcome.
6. Display outstanding sportsmanship by cheering, supporting, and encouraging the athletes,
coaches, and the team.
7. Allow coaches to be coaches.
EXPECTATIONS FROM COACH
1. Philosophy of the coaching staff/program.
2. Expectations the coach has for your child as well as all the players on the team.
3. Location and times of all practices and contests.
4. Team requirements, i.e. fees, special needs, etc.
5. Discipline that results in the denial of your child’s participation.
6. Allow parents to be the parents.
As your child becomes involved in the programs at Radford High School, they will experience some of the
most rewarding moments of their lives. It is important to understand that there also may be times when
things do not go the way you or your child wishes. At these times, discussion with the coach is
APPROPRIATE CONCERNS TO DISCUSS WITH THE COACH
1. Treatment of your child mentally, emotionally, and physically.
2. Ways to help your child improve.
3. Concern’s about your child’s behavior on and off the field.
ISSUES NOT APPROPRIATE TO DISCUSS WITH COACH
1. Playing time.
2. Play calling and team strategy.
3. Use of personnel.
4. Other student-athletes playing ability.
PROCEDURE TO DISCUSS CONCERNS WITH COACH
1. Call to set up appointment 421-4200 ext 332
2. If coach cannot be reached, call the Athletic Director, Mr. Kelly Sur at 421-4200 ext 332 to set up
3. Please do not attempt to confront a coach before or after a contest or practice. These can be
emotional times for both parent and coach. Meetings of this nature do not promote resolution.
4. Our coaches have been instructed to avoid such meetings.
RADFORD TEAM RULES AND EXPECTATIONS
1. Compliance to all Chapter 19 student misconduct rules will apply, including
forgery of grade checks. Penalties may range from suspension, to permanent
denial of participation in athletics.
2. All Radford student-athletes are to display high standards of conduct and
citizenship. How one dresses often depends on the individual taste, economic
situation, and/or family, social, religion, or cultural norms. Dress and appearance
can be viewed as a means for personal expression, which allows one to explore
and define his/her own individuality. However, certain basic dress standards and
appearance must be followed in order to maintain a positive and productive
environment which allows students to be free from offensive or disturbing
influences, and which provides a focused atmosphere conducive to teaching and
learning. For all athletes, ALL DRESS CODE STANDARDS apply during all
athletic practices and events AFTER SCHOOL (team outings, scrimmages, and
games). All athletes will remove all earrings, nose rings, or other paraphernalia
when entering the athletic complex, because these items are not permitted during
athletic contests, we believe that they should not be worn at anytime while
participating for an athletic team. Failure to comply could result in disciplinary
action which may result in suspension. For all athletes, hair will be neatly
groomed and pulled back of the collar (ponytail, bun, corn-rows, braided) and in
the case of sports that require headgear (football and wrestling), for safety
reasons, hair must remain in headgear THROUGHOUT the duration of practice
and/or competition (a skullcap is recommended for safety reasons). Let’s look
sharp and stand as a TEAM, not as individuals.
3. Any athlete, who “quits” the team without consulting with the coach and/or
Athletic Director, will not be permitted to participate in the following seasonal
sports teams. We encourage persevering, not quitting. Communication with the
coaches and athletic department will enable both parties to understand, if any,
problems that may occur. Let’s work together as a TEAM.
4. All student-athletes are required to be with the team when traveling to away
games. No student-athlete is allowed to leave with anyone after any away games,
they are required to be with the team to and from Radford High School.
Parents/Guardians may write a letter to ask permission to release their child to
their custody from away destinations, provided they explain the reason why they
are requesting the change. Requesting permission will not be granted to those
who are out of Radford’s geographical area (those on GE), because they live in
the area. The athletic counsel will review their request. The letter must be turned
in to the athletic director ONE WEEK before the game or event. The athletic
counsel meets every Monday morning.