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As your child progresses through junior tennis, you might find yourself a bit overwhelmed with all of the information there is to keep up with, from finding the right coach and program, to which tournaments he/she should play and what long term goals should be set for your junior. The most important resource for guidance in this journey is your child’s coach.
Together the three of you – parent, player and coach - form a team. You as the parent know your child the best; however, the coach has expertise in development, training, traveling and scheduling. The success of this team is dependent on open communication between all members, with each person knowing his or her particular role.
A parent-player-coach meeting is the best way to make sure everyone is on the same page. The most important reasons for this meeting are for goal setting, technical development and rankings goal setting. "The success of this team is dependent on open communication between all members, with each person knowing his or her particular role. " You might be surprised at what you will find out at this meeting. When you start discussing long term goals, you could find out that your child wants to earn a Division I scholarship, while you as the parent were thinking he was happy playing two days a week and playing on the high school tennis team. From his point of view, the coach might think the goal lies somewhere in the middle: playing 3-4 days a week and hopefully playing on a club team in college. Such revelations are great examples of why this meeting is important and can lead to further discussions. One of the ways to have this meeting is schedule it as you would any other “parent/teacher” conference.
The best time to have this meeting is annually, preferably in the months of September or October. Winter is the time for intense development of a junior’s game. Having all three team members in agreement about the direction for the year will aid the coach in mapping the pathway for the player’s development. Come spring and summer, your child will be most prepared for the competitive part of his schedule.
One of the ways to have this meeting is schedule it as you would any other “parent/teacher” conference. Remember, even though you as a parent think you have a quick question for a coach, you should always try to find a better time and place to ask him than right after your child’s lesson as the coach is preparing for the next lesson. A regularly scheduled meeting will ensure that both you and the coach put in the time and thought needed to discuss your child’s development. Planning a meeting allows everyone a chance to prepare. A formal venue works the best. Sit down over coffee, lunch or dinner away from the tennis courts.
There are many things you should hope to accomplish at this meeting:
The key to a successful meeting is for the player, parent and coach to all be completely honest about their goals. Your child should feel comfortable expressing what he expects out of the coming year. Remember that this is a way to open the lines of communication and to understand what the player is hoping to accomplish. Try to listen to your child’s thoughts. You might not completely agree with everything he is saying, but you can stress how he must be held accountable for his goals. Lastly, all plans change. Your child might get injured, hit a rough patch and lose confidence, or progress faster than expected and reach his goals after 6 months. You may need to sit down and tweak your plan; the key is for your team to do this together. Communication is key!
|Last Updated on Friday, 16 October 2009 02:33|