Parent Guide

Learn from Athletics
Parents as Role Models
Playing Time
Expressing Concerns
Uniform Policy

You can play an essential role in helping your student-athlete learn the values of winning by offering congratulations and discussing the efforts made by individuals and the team.

Learn from Athletics

Help your student-athlete learn from both winning and losing experiences by crediting the other team, discussing what was successful, and accepting a win or a loss gracefully, and using the experience to set individual goals to improve as a player and as a team.

Parents as Role Models

The importance of parents behaving as model spectators cannot be overstated. Parents who support the CIF Code of Conduct provide a role model for other parents and students alike. For any high school, it is of particular concern when parents harass officials or make comments in the stands regarding judgment decisions made by the coach. This is counterproductive and tends to destroy the values of good sportsmanship and the game. The Bay Area Conference does not tolerate poor sportsmanship on the part of its member schools, and will place sanctions upon schools that deviate from this Code of Conduct.

We encourage parents to discuss ways to help their student-athlete improve; to speak about their student's behavior; to support the coach's expectations for their student and the team, including support of the coaches' philosophy, the team's rules and requirements, and last, but not least, scheduling.

We strongly encourage parents not to discuss placement on teams, playing time, or strategies used by the coach during contests. These are the responsibility and the duty of the coaches.

Playing Time

We understand that, at times, it may be difficult to accept that an athlete (especially your student) is not playing as much as you hoped he or she would. Please remember that coaches make judgment decisions based on what they believe to be in the best interest of the team, decisions that take into account all members of the team, not just
one particular athlete.

Expressing Concerns

If you have a concern other than team placement, playing time, or game strategy, or wish to discuss a problem or issue concerning your student, begin by contacting the coach directly. Please choose a time other than a game day. Usually, the concern will be resolved at this level. Otherwise, please contact the Athletic Director.

Uniform Policy

Uniforms must be returned to the coach within seven days of the completion of the team's season. The families of students who do not meet this requirement will be billed by the school for the cost of the uniform.

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