Many situations arise where parents are not satisfied with an organizations decisions of whose kids made the top team, especially when it’s your child who did not make the cut. Any complaints done after the fact just looks like the parents are complaining because things didn’t go their way.
Here are 3 things parents should know prior to the evaluation:
1. Does the sports organization use unbiased evaluators to perform the evaluations? It’s very easy to have rumors arise when the Organization Presidents’ child makes the top team even where that player deserves to be there. If unbiased evaluators are used then its far less likely that the unbiased evaluators made an incorrect evaluation of your child. If they do not use unbiased evaluators, encourage the organization to use them BEFORE the evaluations or at least consider it an option for next year.
2. Will the sports organization provide an evaluation report back to the athletes or parents? Providing feedback to an athlete on what they did well provides confidence and enforces positive behavior in the player. In addition, also providing feedback on where he/she needs to develop will help that player understand what they need to work on even before the first practice. Too often evaluations for sports are done where no feedback gets provided back to the players and all they know is which team they got assigned to for the season. Any verbal feedback provided back to players during an evaluation typically goes in one ear and out the other. A ‘report card’ will be something they can hold onto and use to develop themselves.
3. Understand what drills will be run during the evaluation. Knowing this ahead of time and preparing with your child and perhaps some of their friends ahead of time can make them feel much more comfortable during the real evaluation. A young athlete may not hear the instructions well at the start of an evaluation or be nervous by being asked to run drills that they have not done before. Doing drills in advance gives them an advantage to those who don’t prepare.