Let's face it; every coach at some point in their coaching career will run into a problem parent. The question then is how do we deal with problem parents? The best way to deal with a problem parent is to prevent the parent from becoming a problem in the first place.
Most parents want to know what is happening with their children. Keeping parents informed keeps parents happy. Letting parents know practice times, games times, your coaching philosophy and the progress their child has made lets parents know they can trust you with their children. It lets them know you are organized and in control of their child's sports team.
Another way to keep parents from becoming a problem parent is to have parents sign a code of conduct. This will let parents know what their role on the sports team will be. It will also let them know what is and is not acceptable behavior. Plus if you notice that parents are behaving against the code of conduct you can easily remind them what they said they would and would not do.
When you begin your sports team hold a parents meeting. This is a great way to let parents get to know you and your coaching philosophy. It is also a great time to have them sign a code of conduct. Make a copy for yourself and for the parent
Keep parents informed over the course of the season by handing out schedules, newsletters and progress reports.
Team Building Activity
At the start of the year have your athletes do interviews of one another to present to the team. This will help everyone get familiarize with their teammates. Or have each athlete find out one things about each of their teammates that they think no one else would know. Later on have athletes present their finding to the rest of the team. If you have a large team you could draw names out of hats to determine who will find out tidbits about who.