Kick-Start the Season with a Perfect Parent Meeting
Maybe it’s asking a lot to run the perfect parent meeting to start the season. But you can come pretty close with these steps on the agenda:
- Your first item to discuss at the meeting should be introductions. As the team manager or coach you should introduce yourself and other coaches.
- Ask the parents to introduce themselves. You can suggest introduction topics such as their spouse/partner’s name, where they live, past hockey experiences, maybe profession if appropriate.
- Ask that each person tell something about his/her child and the parents’ goals for the season.
- Take time to summarize by comparing everyone’s goals. Discuss any differences or agreements you have so that you can settle any discrepancies.
At a separate meeting, maybe a bit later in the season, the players themselves should also be allowed to discuss their goals and desires. The best coaches and team managers will also consider those player goals and integrate them throughout the season.