Since I've posted about this before, I thought it would be good to post it to the "guide."
As a golf instructor who mainly teaches kids, I've come up with a list to help parents and coaches. This list can also apply to adults who are taking sports classes.
I cannot turn your kid into a professional overnight. Tiger Woods hit 20,000 golf balls a day for years before he became pro.
Please show up to class with all necessary equipment. This includes clubs, cleats, helmets, pads and anything else that is required by the sport and the coach. I give out lists of required equipment. Please review this list and make sure you bring the proper equipment to class. I can't properly teach if you don't have the proper equipment.
If the class is a "pay per class" type, please have a payment ready before class. No, I will not "get you next time" if you haven't paid me for the last three classes.
Understand that the instructor is a professional in his or her field. Don't try to correct them or their techniques if you feel that the instructor is wrong.
Please purchase the proper size for any equipment necessary. Helmets, padding and golf clubs are not something you or your child can grow into. The wrong size can lead to bad technique at best and a serious injury at worst.
Understand you or your child's skill level before enrolling in class. Don't enroll in a surfing class if you can barely swim in a pool.
Sports are all about having fun. If you or your child is not having fun, please stop. It's not fun teaching to people who would rather be somewhere else.