Parent/Coach Communication Guide

Parent/Guardian Code of Conduct

  • Provide positive support, care, and encouragement to your student athlete and his/her team.
  • Demonstrate good sportsmanship toward the visiting team, their coaches, officials, and their fans.
  • Maintain positive behavior and attitude at all athletic contests.
  • Respect the position and professionalism of game officials.
  • Refrain from the use of foul language.
  • Refrain from yelling criticism at athletes, coaches, or teams.
  • Refrain from making derogatory comments to players, other parents, spectators, game officials, or school administrators.
  • Allow the coach to be responsible for your athlete during practice, games, or team related activities.
  • Assist in providing for your athlete’s safety and welfare.
  • Abide by and support any rules, guidelines or policies of Edison High School, Huntington Beach Union High School District, and California Interscholastic Federation.

Communication you should expect from your athlete’s coach

  • Philosophy of the Coach
  • Expectations the Coach has for your athlete
  • Locations and times of practices and contests
  • Team rules/requirements
  • Participant conduct of code and consequences for not following these guidelines
  • Procedure that should occur in the event your athlete is injured
  • Communication regarding your athlete’s role on the team

Communication coaches expect from parents

  • Questions or concerns expressed directly to the coach
  • Notification of any schedule conflicts well in advance
  • Information about the health or well-being of your athlete

Appropriate concerns to discuss with the high school coaches

  • The treatment of your athlete, physically and mentally
  • Ways/methods to help your athlete improve
  • Clarification about the expectations of your athlete
  • Concerns about your athlete’s behavior or safety

Inappropriate concerns

  • Playing time
  • Team strategy
  • Play calling
  • Matters concerning other students or athletes

Meeting Procedure

  • First….your son/daughter should talk with the coach about his/her questions or concerns.
  • If you need to speak with a coach, set up an appointment. Please do not approach the coach before, during or after a contest or practice.

Meeting Progression for Concern Resolution

  1. Lower-level Head Coach (if appropriate)
  2. Head Varsity Coach
  3. Athletic Director
  4. Assistant Principal/Athletics
  5. Principal

Parental Support

Help your student athlete before, during and after competitions.

BEFORE – Know their goals, roles, and needs and accept them.

DURING – Model poise, confidence, and good sportsmanship. Focus on our team.

AFTER – Give them all the time and space they need. Be a confidence builder.


Athletes are required to travel to contests on district transportation. Any variation of this policy must be approved by the coach prior to the event and can only include that parents/guardian’s athlete.