Conflict Resolution Process: In order to allow an expression of differences that occur in athletics, a procedure has been developed for establishing a line of communication between school, parent-guardian, students, and coaches. This procedure should follow an orderly process. We also feel that this is a learning process for student-athletes in becoming an advocate for themselves.
The following steps should be followed when a concern arises. Our goal is to resolve the conflict at the lowest intervention level possible, but do not hesitate to follow the entire process if necessary.
Step I (Coaches/Student): The student and the coach/adviser will meet to discuss the issue. It is strongly recommended that the coach has an assistant present as a witness of this conversation.
Step II (Coaches/Student/Parent-Guardian): The coach, student, and parents meet at a time and place that is convenient to all parties. Coaches/advisers may request administrative presence at the meeting, but the coach/adviser will run the session and provide a detailed summary for the Activities Director signed by all stakeholders.
Step III (Coaches/Student/Parent-Guardian/Activities Director): If no closure is attained through Step II and a meeting with the Activities Director is requested a Step III form should be completed and turned into the Activities Director. The Activities Director will arrange a meeting with the coaches, student and parent-guardians.
Step IV (Parent-Guardian/Principal): The Activities Director, coach/adviser, and/or student will participate in Step IV at the Principal’s discretion.
Key point in conflict resolution process