Expectations for Parents of Student Athletes

Parents are encouraged to support their student athlete and recognize the importance of athletics in their children’s lives. Per the APS Athletic Handbook (2.6), parent(s), guardian(s), and/or family members are expected to be supportive of their student’s participants in their sport(s).  In addition, parent(s), guardian(s), and/or family members are expected: Support school administrators and coaches in their effort to promote a student’s social emotional learning through sport participation.

Parents are expected to:

  • Understand that academics are a priority over athletics and emphasize successful classroom performance.
  • Insist that athletes abide by expectations of the athletic department and by team rules.
  • Encourage fair play (Fair competition, respect, friendship, team spirit, equality, sport without doping, respect for written and unwritten rules such as integrity, solidarity, tolerance, care, excellence and joy, are the building blocks of fair play that can be experienced and learned both on and off the court/field.)
  • Respect the actions of coaches regarding contest strategy, athletes’ play status and playing time.
  • Avoid “coaching” from the stands or sidelines during both games and practices.
  • Ensure the athlete attends all practices and contests and is picked up at designated time.

The Role of the Parent in Sports