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Midlothian Girls Softball Association

Parents Code of Conduct

Parents Code of Conduct


As a parent, I recognize that my behavior influences the behavior of not only my child, but the other players throughout the league.  It is my responsibility to conduct myself in a fashion that reflects respect for others, sportsmanship, and integrity.  Players are learning communication skills, conflict resolution, teamwork, and time management.  We as parents are demonstrating these skills daily, and it is important that our youth learn these skills in a positive way.

I therefore agree:

1. I will not force my child to participate in sports.

2. I will remember that children participate to have fun and that the game is for youth, not adults.

3. I will inform the coach of any physical disability or ailment that may affect the safety of my child or the safety of others.

4. I will learn the rules of the game and the policies of the league.

5. 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, coaches, officials and spectators at every game, practice or other sporting event.

6. I (and my guests) will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, player, or parent such as booing and taunting;         refusing to shake hands; or using profane language or gestures.

7. I will not encourage any behaviors or practices that would endanger the health and wellbeing of the athletes.

8. I will teach my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.

9. I will demand that my child treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability.

10. I will never ridicule or yell at my child or other participants for making a mistake or losing a competition.

11. I will emphasize skill development and practices and how they benefit my child over winning.

12. I will promote the emotional and physical wellbeing of the athletes ahead of any personal desire I may have for my child to win.

13. I will respect the officials and their authority during games and will never question, discuss, or confront coaches at the game field, and will take           time to speak with coaches at an agreed upon time and place.

14. I will demand a sports environment for my child that is free from drugs, tobacco, and alcohol and I will refrain from their use at all sports events.

15. 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.


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