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What information should I give my child’s coach?

When your child begins a new sport program, think about all of the things that your child’s coach/instructor doesn’t yet know about your child. In order to keep your child safe and maximize his enjoyment, the coach should know the things found in the following list:

  • Child’s name and birth date
  • Results of your child’s sports physical, to determine your child’s overall health and readiness
  • Your expectations -- is this strictly for enjoyment or a part of a long-term plan to achieve a high level of competence?
  • Any health limitations your child might have, such as asthma or epilepsy
  • Injuries your child has had that might impede performance
  • Any allergies your child has
  • Child’s doctors’ names and contact information
  • Emergency contact information of parents and another responsible adult, in case parents can’t be reached
  • Insurance provider and policy number
  • Other commitments your child has that might interfere with practices or games

From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

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