Southwest Christian High School Athletics
Parent Expectations

Parenting and coaching can be both rewarding and challenging. We want to work in partnership with parents to provide the most rewarding experience possible for our athletes. When your child becomes involved in our programs, you have a right to understand what expectations are placed on your child and what we expect from parents. This begins with clear communication from the coach of your child's program.

Communication You Should Expect From Your Child's Coach

  1. Philosophy of the coach.
  2. Expectations the coach has for your child as well as for all the players on the team.
  3. Location and times of all practices and contests.
  4. Team requirements, i.e. fees, special equipment, off-season conditioning, and attendance at practice and games.
  5. Procedures that will be used should your child be injured during participation.
  6. Team rules and the consequences for breaking the rules up to and including denial of your child's participation in the sport.

Coaches Expect from Parents

  1. Concerns expressed directly to the coach.
  2. Notification of family schedule conflicts.
  3. Specific concern in regard to a coach's philosophy and or expectations.

As your child becomes involved in the athletic program at SCS High School, he or she will experience some of the most rewarding moments of their lives. It is important to understand that there also may be times when things do not go the way you or your child wishes. At these times discussion with the coach is encouraged.

Appropriate Concerns to Discuss with Coaches

  1. The treatment of your child mentally and physically.
  2. Ways to help your child improve.
  3. Concerns about your child's behavior.

Coaches are professionals. They make decisions based on what they believe to be best for all students involved. As you have seen from the list above, certain things can and should be discussed with your child's coach. Other things, such as those on the following list, must be left to the discretion of the coach.

Issues Not Appropriate to Discuss with Coaches

  1. Playing time
  2. Team strategy
  3. Play calling
  4. Other student athletes.

There are situations that may require a conference between the coach and the parents. These are to be encouraged. It is important that both parties involved have a clear understanding of the other's position. When these conferences are necessary, the following procedure should be followed to help promote a resolution to the concern.

Procedures you should follow if you have a concern to discuss with a coach

  1. Call SWC HS athletics to set up an appointment with the coach, 503-524-8000.
  2. If the coach cannot be reached, call Rick Wheeler, Athletic Director 503-703-6868 to set the meeting up for you.
  3. Do not attempt to confront a coach before, during or after a contest or practice. These can be emotional times for both the parent and coach. Meetings at such a time usually do not promote resolution.

What can a parent do if the meeting with the coach did not provide a satisfactory resolution?

  1. Call and set up and appointment with the athletic director to discuss the situation.
  2. At this meeting the appropriate next step can be determined. 

Social Networking

Can be fun and exciting, however what you publish can also cause harm to you and others. Below you will find our top ten "Never to do list" when on social media.

You Should!

  • Never do anything that could be considered online bullying
  • Never post emotionally
  • Never trash teachers/coaches
  • Never post confidential information
  • Never post objectionable content
  • Never post illegal activities
  • Never rely on privacy settings 100%
  • Don't ignore school specific policies 
  • Don't lie/cheat/plagiarize
  • Don't threaten violence