GFPS Communication Guidelines, Part 2

In the first part of this post, I explained the different items of communication that we expect our coaches to provide to parents and parents to coaches.  Those items are the basic pieces of information that all parents and coaches should be discussing, though, and rarely cause any further discussion or conflict.  Most of the…
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GFPS Communication Guidelines, Part 1

One of the biggest difficulties in being a teacher/coach is how to value input from the parents of our students/athletes.  As I’ve written about before, most teachers/coaches understand where the criticism from parents is coming from: most parents have one person on the team they are concerned about and feel they need to advocate for.…
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Coach Hates My Kid

It’s mid April, and spring has finally sprung (maybe? hopefully?).   For many reasons, spring is the season most often associated with change and newness.  This is true in the world of education as well.   Typically, it’s this time of year that school districts begin to distribute contracts for the next school year, which…
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Learn How To Lose

For many different reasons, I love baseball.  First and foremost, I love baseball because I love hot dogs (or perhaps I love hot dogs because I love baseball).  I love that baseball takes place on dirt and grass in the sunshine (recent weather not included).  I love the camaraderie that takes place between teammates because…
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The Real Investment

I came across an interesting article while reading one of my favorite blogs.  I often hear (correction: receive calls) from parents who are upset that their “investment” in youth sports didn’t result in a college scholarship, a spot on the high school varsity, etc. etc.  I am quick to remind people that they didn’t invest…
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