Parental Guidance: Keys to Communicating Effectively with Sport Parents
by Greg Winkler
Ask any high school athletic director or coach “What’s your biggest challenge?” and among the top three most likely responses is “parents.” Whether it’s arguing about their kids’ playing time, offering unsolicited coaching advice, or displaying inappropriate behavior during games, parents can certainly pose a challenge.
To help coaches and athletic directors work effectively with parents to influence positive behavior and garner support, the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) in conjunction with Clell Wade Coaches’ Directory conducted the free webinar “Parental Guidance: Keys to Communicating Effectively with Sport Parents.” Led by Greg Winkler, assistant athletic director and head boys’ and girls’ varsity soccer coach at Fond du Lac High School, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, addressed a variety of topics including the following:
Who is the “model parent”?
Different parent types and how best to communicate with each
Pre-season parent meetings: what do parents need to know?
Tips for communicating with parents throughout the season
Tools to help and encourage parents to be model parents
Greg Winkler, is the assistant athletic director at Fond du Lac High School in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, a position he has held for 13 years. Winkler is also the head boys’ soccer coach (since 1998) and head girls’ soccer coach (since 2006) at the school.
Winkler was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Midwest Youth Coach of the Year in 2001, 2004, and 2012, and was the NFHS Sectional Boys Soccer Coach of the Year in 2005 and the Wisconsin State High School Boys Coach of the Year in 2004. Winkler is one of the finalists for the 2013 NSCAA National Youth Coach of the Year award.
In 1995, Winkler was selected as Administrator of the Year by Wisconsin Youth Soccer, and in 2002, he and his wife were named the organization’s Soccer Parents of the Year.
Winkler is author of the book Coaching a Season of Significance and has been featured presenter at a number of conferences and workshops, most recently at the 2012 NIAAA convention. Having been a long-time sport administrator, coach, and parent, Winkler has extensive experience from all perspectives from which to draw from in his presentation.
ASEP Successful Coaching
The ASEP Successful Coaching webinar series is offered free of charge to coaches, athletic administrators, athletic trainers, instructors, students, professionals, and parents interested in learning about the hottest topics in the sports arena. Webinars to date have addressed concussion management, bullying and social media, sports nutrition, and college recruitment.
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