Pleasanton athletic policy addresses problem parents

Updated: Apr 11

PLEASANTON – The Pleasanton USD 344 approved a new athletic policy on Monday, March 7, that is meant to shield coaches from confrontations with parents during and immediately after sporting events.

The parent/coach communications policy states that no conferences with coaches will be held immediately following a game. Instead, the parent or parents can schedule an in-person conference with the coach or activity sponsor at the school at least 24 hours after the game.

The policy further states that if the parent and coach are unable to resolve the problem in a satisfactory manner, the parent can make an appointment to discuss it with the school athletic director. It stipulates that no conferences are to be held over the phone or at the coach’s home.

“If a parent/guardian chooses to confront a coach immediately following an athletic contest or without first allowing the 24 hour rule to expire, he/she will not be allowed to attend any activities for a period of two weeks (14 days) following such confrontation. A subsequent offense will result in loss of privileges to attend any and all activities,” the policy states.

It also lists the appropriate concerns that parents can discuss with coaches:

  • treatment of the child both mental and physical

  • ways to help the child improve

  • scheduling concerns or conflicts

  • issues at home or at school.

Playing time, team strategy, play calling, and other student athletes are not appropriate items to discuss with the coach, according to the new policy.

The policy also limits access to locker rooms, meeting rooms, and school transportation to only students involved in the activity, coaches or sponsors, and administrators.

Verbally aggressive behavior including threats, intimidation, and profanity will result in limited access to the school premises and activities for up to a year, and physical or violent behavior will result in a ban from the school premises and a referral of the case to law enforcement.

Failing to comply with the restricted access in the regulations will result in civil or criminal charges being filed, according to the policy.

District Superintendent Travis Laver said that behavior of parents and fans hadn’t been much of a problem until now. “We’ve had an issue with it this year,” he said.

Laver said the policy was adapted from a couple of different districts.

In other action, the board accepted the resignation of language arts teacher Tara Forrester, teacher Karen Cochran, and athletic director Matt Cochran. Laver said the Cochrans, who came from careers in Missouri schools, decided to retire at the end of the year.

The board also accepted the resignation of Seth Gabbert as junior high basketball and boys track coach. Laver said Gabbert was taking education classes through Pittsburg State University and needed the time to concentrate on his studies.

The board also accepted the resignation of Hannah McKee as high school forensics coach, and hired Ginger Mattingley as the superintendent’s secretary and district treasurer. She will replace Karen Snow, who is retiring at the end of this year.

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