Parent Conduct

  • Parent Conduct

    1. Parents should be encouraged to relieve the pressure of competition by stressing         the importance of having fun. Players should not be pressured by excitement or tension created by their parents.

    2. Parents are not to question any decision of the coach or referees on or off the playing field. Coaches should emphasize their surrogate role within their coaching function on the field. 

    3. Excessive screaming or direction of inflammatory remarks to coaches, players or referees is strictly prohibited. Only cheering of positive nature should be encouraged.

    4. Under no circumstances should a parent be allowed to enter the playing field during active play.

    5. Encourage parents to avoid conflicts with parents or adults from opposing team. A designated area for each team should be specified prior to the game. Every effort should be made to designate these areas.

    6. Always encourage good sportsmanship. Parents should teach their children to be gracious winners and good losers. Every game should conclude with each player shaking hands with members of the opposing team.

    7. Discourage conversations between parent and player. No communication must be allowed during the game. Avoid additional distractions (video, photo) whenever possible.

    8. Parents should know the playing rules of the sport. They should teach these rules to the children. In addition the coach will clarify any idiosyncratic aspects of the game.

    9. Punctuality and proper dress are a major responsibility of the parents. Tardiness to practices and games cannot be tolerated. In addition, improper dress on the field creates unnecessary difficulties for the coach, player and his/her teammates.

    10. Setting an example for their child to follow is the most important aspect of parental behavior. Players tend to imitate and emulate the behavior of their parents religiously without any evaluation of its voracity.