Welcome Letter from the Director of Athletics
Dear Parents, Students, and all Stakeholders,
The Department of Athletics at Booker T. Washington High School is committed to the overall vision and mission of the school. The department strives to have its athletes reach their full potential in all areas of the athletic experience academically, socially, and through the realm of competition. Athletes are held to the athletic code and also to academic requirements.
We, as a coaching staff, are anxiously anticipating the upcoming season and are excited to have the opportunity to work with you. In order to facilitate your participation in athletics at BTW, we have put together for you and your parents some information concerning expectations.
Both parenting and coaching are extremely difficult vocations. In establishing an understanding of each position, we are better able to understand and accept the actions of those involved in high school athletics. By being able to better accept the actions of each other, we will provide greater benefit to our athletes.
As a parent, you have a right to understand what expectations are placed on your child. This begins with clear communication from the coach of their respective team. Communication from your child’s coach that you should expect is:
- Washington Department of Athletics: Mission, Vision and Core Values
- Philosophy of the coach
- Location of practices and games
- Team requirements
- Team discipline and behavior
As your child becomes involved in the athletics program at BTW, they will experience some of the most rewarding moments in their life. It is important that your child understands, that just like life, there may be times when things do not go the way they expect. At these times, dialogue with the coach by your child is encouraged.
Student athletes are striving to succeed in two demanding areas simultaneously- academics and athletics. Student athletes have the responsibility of developing and working toward an educational goal as well as training in their sport. The BTW athletic department encourages and assists student athletes in maintaining academic eligibility so they can continue to participate in athletics
It is very difficult to accept your child’s not playing as much or where you may hope. The coaching staffs at BTW are very knowledgeable in their individual sports. They make judgments based on what they believe to be best for all student athletes involved. Certain things can be discussed with the coach but other things, such as team strategy, other players, etc., should be left to the discretion of the coach.
There are situations that may require a conference between the coach and parent. It is important that both parties involved have a clear understanding of the athlete’s position. The following procedures should be followed to help promote resolution:
- Call the school (404 – 802 – 4654) to set up an appointment with the Athletic Director. Please do not attempt to confront a coach before, during, or after a game. This time can be emotional for all. Meetings of this nature do not promote resolution.
- A meeting with the Athletic Director and coach will be held to resolve through dialogue any possible concerns.
Corrie Collier, CAA, M.Ed.
Director of Athletics