You will need all the support and help you can get from the other parents. Being a positive, fun, skill-teaching
coach is a lot of work. You might have volunteered, or you might have been recruited because no one else would
do it. Whatever the circumstances, ask for the help you need right away.
Have a required parent meeting at the end of the first practice. Discuss your coaching philosophy-- that fun,
everyone playing and skill development are more important than winning. Tell the parents that you will be teaching
the players to respect the opponents, officials and their teammates and that you expect them to model those
behaviors. Ideally you should write this up as a handout and include this web address and the web site of The
Positive Coaching Alliance. The PCA has a parent form letter on their site if you need help. Have a sign up sheet to
get everyone's contact information and start asking for volunteers. At a minimum you will need a snack parent, a
pre-season party parent and an end of the season party parent. Depending on the sport you might need a score
keeper, fundraising coordinator, and others.
... let's not forget that.