Team/Captain's Parent Guidelines

The guidelines below are intended to act as a road map for team parents and set expectations for all Thayer families involved in team sports in the Upper School. This list is intended to serve as a baseline guide and is certainly not all-inclusive. Please feel free to ask other parents for their assistance. Additionally, please make sure that you are in communication with coaches.

Communication

Communication involves you serving as a liaison between coaches and parents as needed. Responsibilities include:

Coordinate Team Food and Drinks

Please create a food and drink schedule for home and away games as soon as possible. Home games are often just water/Gatorade with a small snack, whereas Away games may require sandwiches, etc. Some additional notes:

  • Please coordinate with coach
  • Create Home and Away schedule and ask for parent contributions
  • Use Sign Up Genius to manage the scheduling (very helpful free online tool)
  • Travel time/distance of away game may factor into food needs

Roster

So that the parents know all the players (and other parents) on the team and can support them, we ask that you create a roster to pass out to each set of parents at the start of the season. The roster should include:

  • Player name, uniform #, and hometown
  • Roster information is found on each Team Page
  • Laminate at your discretion – it is not necessary

Team Dinner/Events*

Team dinners are a wonderful tradition at Thayer in which team members gather at a student’s house, a restaurant, or Thayer as a team bonding experience. We ask that you please plan at least one team dinner/event. Events include potluck dinners, pizza or pasta parties, and team breakfasts before a game. Please ask for volunteers to host, with all families contributing so that it is not a burden on the host family. These events can be held at school if transportation for underclassmen is a concern. To reserve an on-campus space for an event, please contact Barbara Browne (bbrowne@thayer.org or 781.664.2268). If you are not the team parent but are interested in hosting or simply coordinating a dinner, please reach out the team parent or coach.

*Please note that these are not school-sponsored events and the school takes no responsibility for transportation to and from school.

Support Other Thayer Sports Teams

A big part of the Thayer athletic experience is having fans at games. We ask that you have the captains coordinate a day or two when the team can go and cheer on another team. They would love to have the support and it fosters school spirit.

Coach Gifts

  • It is your discretion to collect for a coach’s gift.
  • We ask that it not exceed $20 per player or whatever amount parents are comfortable giving. However, we do recognize that each team is different and may have different coaching situations. The gift should never be a burden to families.

Senior Day

  • It is a wonderful tradition at Thayer to recognize all seniors at their last home game or final game. Please coordinate this with the coach.
  • Decorations, recognition, and a cake/cupcakes would be a great idea.
  • This should not become a burden and no money should be collected for senior gifts.

End-of-Season Banquets*

We ask that you please plan an end of season event. These banquets can be held at local restaurants, students’ homes, or at Thayer. Please feel free to reach out to all parents for their assistance or contributions as these should not be a financial burden to team parents. These events can be held at school if transportation for underclassmen is a concern. To reserve an on-campus space for an event, please contact Barbara Browne (bbrowne@thayer.org or 781.664.2268). If you are not the team parent but are interested in helping with a banquet, please reach out to the team parent or coach. 

*Please note that these are not school-sponsored events and the school takes no responsibility for transportation to and from these events.

Trips

  • If your team is going on a trip, please make sure that you or the coach is in regular communication with team families about all details.
  • Trip information will be posted on each Team Page and updated as necessary.

We hope this is a helpful guide to navigate the newly revamped team and captain’s parents’ responsibilities. There are also new FAQs on the Athletics page in the Parents section that you can use as a resource. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at PAC@thayer.org.

Thank you very much for supporting Thayer athletics. Go Tigers!

Thayer Academy Parent Athletic Council

Paula Bogar P '20, '23
Julie Gilbert P '17, '21
Martha McConnaughey P '18, '21, '22
Kim Walser P '20
Julie Wichern P '18, '21
Kellie Zupkofska P '23