Nope, I'm not talking about canceling a lesson. I'm talking about having a scheduled lesson I don't show up for.
It's happened to me four times. So on average, about once every 15 months.
1. Car Trouble
2. Coach taught at several rinks, and I went to the wrong rink
3. Absolute kerfuffle about dates and times
4. Canceled at the last minute due to traffic tie up.
What do I do?
I offer to pay for my missed lesson.
In the case of the car trouble I was able to give my coach a few hours warning and he didn't charge me. In the case of the wrong rink, I paid. In the kerfuffle about dates and times, the coach had a student before me, saw I wasn't on the ice and went home, as I was last student of the day. She didn't charge me. When I had to cancel due to traffic, I paid.
My job to be there on time, ready to skate. If I'm not, I offer to pay.
I'm rather astonished by the stories I hear from coaches about parents and their skaters who don't show up for lessons, sometimes for weeks in a row. I'm a little shocked by these stories. First off, that adults would think they can engage a professional then not treat them professionally; second, that coaches put up with it. But, none of my business how a coach conducts their business. I treat my coaches the way I'd like to be treated. Pay up if I show up or not, unless the coach is nice enough to give me a pass.
|Well, maybe coaches don't need to be this tough.|
|Maybe coaches need Accountant Cat to keep parents in line|