So you’re a football parent, how exciting for you.
However, if you’re confused on what you need to do in the role, here are some insights.
At some point in their lives, many children express an interest in playing football. Some parents react with excitement and pride at the thought of their future MVP quarterback; others not so much. They start to think their little prince is going to be playing a dangerous game. But maybe a better reaction is somewhere in the middle. To eliminate some of the fright and misconceptions. Know that you have every right to make any and all decisions related to the well-being of your child. If at any time you feel your child is in a legitimately dangerous situation, it’s your right and responsibility to remove your child from harm’s way.
For beginning players, working with a head coach can be unfamiliar territory. Depending on how old your player is, this may be something you’ll want to bring up with him as well. Explain that the coach is in charge of football, like a parent or guardian figure is in charge at home.
Ask or Not Ask
Should you have an issue, confronting the coach in the middle of practice, or during the halftime break of a game, is not a good idea. If you have a question or concern about something that’s going on — it can be as trivial as the players’ sock color, and as important as a nagging injury — you should absolutely feel comfortable bringing it up with the coach…at the right time and place.
Set up a time when both you and the coach are available to talk freely and with minimal distractions.
How to Help
Bear in mind that running a youth football team is not a one-person operation. A football parent’s duties extend way beyond taking your player to and from the field. If you want to be parent that gets involved but not too involved consider helping out in different ways. A good coach will go out of his way to express gratitude for a parent’s assistance. Here are some ideas that you might want to tackle should the need arise or if you want to be so bold as to step up the plate before anyone else does:
- Work the concession stand during games
- Work the measurement chains during games
- Assist the coach during practice
- Coordinate fundraising efforts
- Transport equipment and gear