and/or GUARDIAN ROLE
Your son/daughter has successfully made a co-curricular team
within Harry Ainlay High School. Edmonton Public Schools policy HGDJ.AR states
that students meeting their school’s criteria for selection shall be given
opportunity to participate in interschool athletic activities, provided that
facilities and appropriate staff are available to coach and/or supervise. As a parent we would like to layout your role
in your son/daughter being involved with the team. The following is a guideline
for you as a parent:
- Attend as many games
- Be a model, not a
critic. Model appropriate behavior,
poise and confidence.
- Do everything
possible to make the athletic experience positive for your son/daughter
and others. Put the goals of the
- You and the coach(es)
share many of the same goals, but your priorities maybe different. The coach is about the team.
- View the game with
team goals in mind. Consistently
support all the players, coaches, and officials.
- Attempt to relieve
competitive pressure, not increase it.
- Give the athletic
experience to the athlete.
- Look upon opponents
as friends involved in the same experience.
- Accept the judgment
of the officials and coaches.
Demonstrate respect and remain in control. Parents do not have the right to
interact with game officials.
- Accept the results
of each game and do not make excuses.
- Demonstrate winning
with humility and losing with dignity.
- Focus on the athletic
effort and improvement (e.g. athlete-owned “effort goals”), instead of the
- Dignify mistakes
made by athletes who are giving their best effort (support development of
a “mistake mentality”).
- Allow the coach to
be the one to offer advice and correction.
Maintain an encouraging voice.
Only the coach should have an instructional voice.
- Be an
encourager. Encourage athletes to
keep their perspective in both victory and defeat.
- Line of
Athlete/Parent – Coach
– Department Head of Athletics – Assistant Principal of Athletics – Principal
We all know
that winning can be exhilarating, while losing can be tough on parents and
players alike. In the real world, we
cannot always be on the winning side, so it is important that you and your
child focus not on the outcome but rather on how the game was played.
Head of Athletics
Some thoughts on single sport athletes: