For Parents/Guardians

The Athletic Department values the support of parents/guardians.  The primary role of a parent at athletic events is that of a spectator.  Please remember that the students participating are not professionals and to try to limit your instructions and also your complaints.  The National Federation of High Schools has an online course free of charge concerning positive parenting in high school sports and it can be viewed by clicking this link.  In short, an athletic field or court is essentially a classroom.  Parents are expected to stay away from the players and their bench areas.  Please speak to your child’s coach at the start of the season concerning their expectations.  for soccer, fieldhockey, volleyball, and basketball, the parents generally must stay away from players benches at all times as they must remain on the opposite side of the field.  For Baseball and Softball, the parents can not stay near the bench areas or home plate batter’s cage and can never enter the player bench/dugout areas.  At our home field, parents may BRIEFLY interact with their child in these sports near the bench are but without contradicting the coach due to the location of spectators.  For Bowling, the parents may interact with their children at any time but MUST stay out of the “sette” area.  that is, they must stay on the high general space away from the lanes.

Any interactions are expected to be calm and appropriate.  My experience at Rush Arts is that the vast majority of time, our parents/guardians are AWESOME!!!

In addition, at times, parents ask if there is anything they can do to help support the teams,

Financial donations are always welcomed as each team has expenses that can be ongoing.  Details are in the student-athlete handbook

In addition, many of the teams have needs for volunteers including field maintenance, court/field set up and tear down.

If in a more specific role, volunteers that work with students must have volunteer clearances completed and on file in the school’s main office. these volunteer certificates include a criminal record and child abuse check as well as an FBI affidavit.

Some parents enjoy bringing team snacks or hosting sleepovers/social events or carpooling to attend evening or weekend fun events (such as a haunted hayride or group hangout).  This should be obvious but please make sure if you bring snacks that they do not contain allergens such as nuts and that the ingredients are listed.  Snacks should be relatively healthy (not too much sugar with the exception of a birthday or special occasion celebration) but can be salty so long as they are given following practice/competition.   Please also make sure that if hosting any team events (such as a tye-dye party, movie watching party or sleep over) that any in-person events are supervised, safe and “appropriate” .

Head Coaches are permitted to select or deny their own assistant coaches.  A parent interested in becoming a volunteer assistant coach must discuss this with their child’s coach PRIOR to the season beginning.  No special treatment will be given to your child if you choose to help and you must volunteer equally with all students.  To be an official volunteer assistant coach, you must fill out a specific packet for athletic coach volunteers and complete mandatory online course work.  The head coach gets final say for any decisions and procedures as directed by the School, league, district and state policies on athletics.

Additional information parents may be interested in appear on the following pages
Student-Athlete Handbook = https://rushartsknights.org/student-athlete-handbook

Spectator Policies = https://rushartsknights.org/spectator-policies/

How we hire our coaches = https://rushartsknights.org/how-we-hire-coaches/

Policy on Sports-Safety = https://rushartsknights.org/sports-safety-education/

Student-Athlete Education = https://rushartsknights.org/student-athlete-education/