Parent Code of Conduct
The essential elements of character building and ethics in sports are embodied in the concept of sportsmanship and six core principles: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Good Citizenship. Managers should discuss the following items either in person or at their Parents orientation meeting at the beginning of the season. All parents should agree to the following codes of conduct :
- No profanity or abusive language by a manager, coach, player, umpire or spectator will be tolerated.
- I will not force my child to participate in sports.
- I will remember that children participate to have fun and that the game is for youth, not adults.
- I will learn the rules of the game and the policies of the league.
- I (and my guests) will be a positive role model for my child and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy, and by demonstrating positive support for all Players, Managers, Coaches, Umpires, Officials and other Spectators at every game and practice.
- I (and my guests) will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any Official, Manager, Coach, Umpire, Player, or Parent such as booing and taunting, refusing to shake hands, or using profane language or gestures.
- I will inform the coach of any physical disability or ailment that may affect the safety of my child or others.
- I will teach my child that doing one's best is more important than winning, so that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game or his/her performance.
- I will praise my child for competing fairly and trying hard, and make my child feel like a winner every time.
- I will never ridicule or yell at my child or other participants for making a mistake or losing a game.
- I will emphasize skill development and practices and how they benefit my child over winning. I will also deemphasize games and competition in the lower age groups.
- I will promote the well-being of all players ahead of any personal desire I may have for my child to win.
- I will respect the officials (umpires) and their authority during games and will never question, discuss, or confront coaches or umpires at the game field, and will take time to speak with coaches and/or umpires at an agreed upon time and place.
- I will refrain from coaching my child or other players during games and practices, unless I am one of the official coaches of the team.
- After each game, both teams must clean up trash in their respective dugouts and around stands.