Parents, hopefully the tips above have helped you learn more about your child's existing or future coach. Now consider this advice from Price for making the parent-player-coach relationship even smoother:
Have kids deal with (most) questions and disagreements. By the time most players are in middle school, Price believes they're able to (and should) communicate sports-related issues with their coaches on their own. "I try to get kids to be the advocates for themselves if they have those issues," he says, citing playing time as an example. Building those communication skills is valuable, Price says, and even though "it might be a little intimidating, they'll be talking the same language – sport speak."
If the problem persists and parents feel they should intervene, they can build off the player-coach conversation. "The parent has a better conversation with the coach because they're stepping in at a more appropriate time," he adds.
Check in with your child. If your kid is rarely excited to attend practice, "you've got to start asking some questions," Price says. Ask: Is there another activity you'd rather be doing? "If the response is, 'Yeah, I'd love to be playing my guitar instead of going to football practice,' then maybe we better stop playing football."