Fullerton Union High School Athletics
Parent Expectations and Sportsmanship Policy
How Can You Enhance Your Child’s Athletic Experience?
- Allow your child to perform and progress at a level consistent with their ability. Athletes mature at different ages and some are more gifted than others.
- Enjoy the thrill of competition. Remind your child that improvement of skills and attitude is what is most important, however.
- Remember that this is your child’s experience. Let them enjoy it.
- Keep in mind that the coach is balancing the development of your child with the growth and progress of an entire team.
- It is not uncommon for young athletes to exaggerate praise and/or criticism from a coach. Investigate, if necessary, before reacting or responding.
- Support at home enhances self-confidence and self-image. Encourage your child to do THEIR best; refrain from comparisons to family or friends who may have been outstanding players.
- Insist on their best efforts in the classroom as well. Please help promote the importance of being a student-athlete.
Game Time! – Sportsmanship Policy
FUHS Athletics recognizes the importance of emphasizing GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP in all aspects of school related activities. It is the expectation that all athletes, parents, spectators, and staff adhere to these guidelines.
- Cheer for FUHS players. Recognize and appreciate skilled performances regardless of team affiliation.
- Show respect to opponents and officials. Realize that despite their best efforts, players, coaches, and officials make mistakes. Show support. Gain an understanding and appreciation for the rules of the game.
- Attempting to communicate with coaches, players, or officials during a game only creates tension and is completely unacceptable. Be a respectful spectator.
- Exhibit positive behavior at all times. Conduct that draws unwanted attention to the stands or sidelines can jeopardize one’s opportunity to remain in attendance at an event.
FUHS Athletics Policy
It is the job of the coach(es) to determine who becomes a member of a team, when and how often each team member participates in competitions, and, if necessary, when a team member needs to be removed from a team.
The coaching staff determines team philosophy, system(s) of play, and game strategy.
It is understood that team members and their parents will abide by this policy. It is a privilege, not a right, to be a member of of an athletic team.
Appropriate concerns to discuss with coaches include:
- Situations involving your child
- Ways to help your child improve
- Your child’s attitude and work ethic
- Concerns regarding your child’s behavior
Issues that are not appropriate to discuss include:
- Playing time of any student-athlete
- Team strategy, practice organization, or play calling
- Other student-athletes
Procedures for contacting a coach with a concern:
- Your child should be the first to discuss an issue with their coach. This serves to help our student-athletes become assertive young adults.
- If you continue to have concerns, contact the coach to set up an appointment for you and your child. Give the coach a brief summary of what you would like to discuss. If you have difficulty contacting the coach (see 24-hour rule below), contact the athletic director. The athletic director will then work to facilitate a meeting.
- If a meeting with the coach does not provide a satisfactory resolution, contact the athletic director to discuss the situation and facilitate further meetings if necessary.
Part 1 (Parents): If you wish to contact a coach with an issue that arises as a result of an athletic event (contest or practice), please do not do so until the following day (cool down period). Exceptions include reporting an injury, illness, or emergency situation.
Part 2 (Coaches): Coaches will respond to requests for contact within 24 hours. If a coach does not respond in a timely manner, please contact the athletic director.
The role of a parent in respect to student-athletes is demanding and at times difficult. It requires effort to do it well. FUHS Athletics respects and appreciates your efforts!
As a parent I have read the FUHS Athletics Parent Expectations and Sportsmanship Policy. I understand my role in ensuring that my child has the best athletic experiences possible. I understand the procedures for communicating with coaches and staff. I understand the importance of Good Sportsmanship and agree to abide by the guidelines set forth.
Parent of (Student):___________________________________________
(FUHS Athletics Parent Expectations and Sportsmanship Policy 2016-17)