That's a little scary...as a director I would prefer that all the parents stay. I have nothing to hide...I am proud of our program and want to show it off. As a coach, it is much harder to explain a situation to a parent that never stays to watch. There are situations when parents are a little too overzealous, but talking to the parent is a much better way of correcting this. I'm not saying that team parents should be there 20 hours per week, but a couple would be nice. Rumors spread like wildfire at a gym and the best way to stop them is with a trusting client base.My paretns don't stay; our gym prefers it if the don't. There is a window and some parents come, but usually it's just a dop-off, pick up thing. My parents just drop off and pick up at the door.
At the team level parents are hardly ever there...this is big reason why so many competitive gyms have problems. Many times the parents that ask the most questions are thought of as problem parents. This is a ridiculous concept. If a coach can't coach in front of a couple parents...how are they going to coach at a meet? Then there is the other question...what are they really doing when you're gone? Waving, making faces, and just being happy should always happen at a gym...a coach that can't control this just has a lack of control.The coaches dont encourage parents to stay. They dont ask parents to leave but no one gets an invitation to stay. Also, if the kids are paying more attention to the parents(ex. waving, making faces) the coaches will give a warning that they will be asked to leave the gym for the day.
My daughter is in the gym 16 hours so I cant stay the entire time. I usually stay the first hour and then I leave.