A critical aspect of Responsible Coaching is building the team culture you want by gaining buy-in from athletes’ parents. A group meeting with parents and guardians is a wise investment – people tend to live up to expectations if they know what those expectations are! Ideally, you would lead a parent meeting in a private setting where you can have the group’s full attention. If this is not possible, then the meeting could occur before one of the first practices or competitions when parents would need to drop off their child anyway. It is a great idea to create an agenda for these meetings. Click HERE for some great ideas regarding how to conduct your parent/guardian meeting.