A message to Parents
If we want Momentum to be a great place for your children, we have to engage in productive, positive and professional communications. We all have your children’s best interests as our top priority.
Expectations for Momentum and Coaches
At their best, youth sports can play a critical role in the development of young people into productive, happy adults. As their worst, youth sports can be a toxic activity focused on the wrong priorities and bad behavior. We are committed to getting the best out of this time we’ll spend together. We will commit significant energy and resources to manage all activities for this team in a manner that provides your child the opportunity to grow as a gymnast as well as a young woman. We commit to you, the following:
- We will be prepared and on time,
- We will communicate our goals and expectations clearly and proactively,
- We will model appropriate behavior always,
- We will make ourselves available throughout the season to discuss issues or concerns your family may have.
Much of what is learned in youth sports comes from the drive to win. This teaches lessons about hard work, dedication and teamwork. With the drive to win will come losses. Learning to win and lose with grace are essential life lessons. We will do both. But make no mistake, our goal is to win. Winning means progress both for the team and each individual athlete. Winning will include a commitment to challenge every child to grow and take meaningful responsibility for their personal and the team’s success. We will learn and compete the “right way”. We will avoid shortcuts that teach bad habits that may lead to short term gains. We are willing to accept losses rather than compromise on the development of the athletes and the team.
Expectations for the athletes
This is a select team. It is a privilege to be invited to participate. This privilege comes with responsibilities. Athletes will be expected to:
- Treat all teammates, coaches, referees and parents with respect,
- Show up prepared and eager to participate,
- Be good citizens in and out of the gym,
- Try everything the coaches teach with open minds and hearts,
- Give a total effort every time they step into the gym,
- Dedicate themselves to improvement.
If we determine there are significant issues with these expectations related to your child, we will contact you proactively to discuss the matter.
Expectations for parents
We are a team. To be successful we must be focused on the same goals. We ask that if there are concerns, please bring those directly to your coach rather than stewing on them or discussing them with other parents. Further, we expect parents to:
- Cheer and support the teams with wild encouragement!
- Avoid coaching your child from the sidelines or at home. They spend a ton of time at the gym and with their coaches. What you are saying may contradict or confuse the goals that the coaches have at that moment,
- Support and encourage the lessons taught in practice with your child at home,
- Never engage in unsportsmanlike conduct with any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee,
- Take a breather (24 hours), before you reach out to anyone about issues related to practice, meets, discipline or philosophy.
That’s about it. Let’s have a great season!!