Most parents complain that the coach did not give their child enough exposure to guarantee placement in a college team. However, this is not the role of the coach but of the parent. The coach’s role is to make sure that the full potential of your child is pulled out of them and then to assist that child alongside you in character building. That’s it!
It is important for you to work closely with the coach. Allow him or her to be your person on the ground. Begin by letting the coach know what your expectations for the child are. That way, if your child is involved in activities or with people that you do not approve of, the coach can provide guidance and diffuse any situations on your behalf.
The coach can be your friend and a great help to you since he or she has a good idea of what your child’s athletic potential and character are, as well as their academic progress and achievements.
The coach generally has a very good understanding of the schools that you should be targeting for your child to attend and many times, college coaches will speak to the high school coach when recruiting. The coach can then pass this information to your child and to you as well.
With your permission and upon request, the coach can easily show your child’s transcripts and highlight video to college coaches. You need to understand though, that getting a sports scholarship depends on much more than just your child’s athletic prowess.
Speaking with the guidance counselors and the coach at your child’s school is important so as to communicate the child’s goals for college. You will be pleasantly surprised at how they will help your child stay focused both academically and athletically. It’s a win-win relationship.