Hold a parent meeting—Like any group activity, it is important to set expectations before the season even begins. In addition to highlighting parent responsibilities, like getting children to practice on time and finding the proper equipment, you should explain to parents what you expect in terms of behavior and communication.
Review your coaching style—Because many parents play an active role in their children’s activities, it is important to give parents a general sense of your coaching philosophy. Be sure to stress the fact that you’ll be teaching players values such as sportsmanship and hard work, which will serve the children throughout their lives.
Establish a parent liaison—For many coaches, having a parent liaison makes a world of difference. A liaison can serve as a buffer between you and the parents. Most importantly, this person can encourage civil behavior and expresses complaints or concerns that might otherwise come from multiple sources.