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Monday, 25 February 2013 15:18

A Simple Parents Code of Conduct to Follow

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You, as a parent, play a vital role in your child's youth sports experience. Your goal should not only be to attend and support the performances and efforts of your child but that of all the children who participate in your child's youth sports program. Parents also play an even more crucial role by providing the volunteer workforce that carries out essential tasks in supporting your youth sports program.

The national media sometimes highlight stories of parents behaving badly at youth sport events. While such incidents are rare, they have become ever more increasing. Inappropriate behavior by parents detracts significantly from the original purpose of youth sport programs. Sports are intended to provide opportunities for children and youths to participate, have fun, develop skills and enjoy the thrill of competition in a positive, non-threatening environment.

When all parents on a team follow the simple Parents Code of Conduct outlined below, we all can help to ensure the original true purpose of sports is put back into focus, thus allowing our children to reap in all the benefits they can provide:

1. Let the coaches do the coaching for all team members.
2. Support the program by volunteering to assist the team in some way.
3. Be your child’s best fan; support him or her unconditionally.
4. Acknowledge your child’s effort, as well as his or her support of team members, adherence to player responsibilities, etc.
5. Support and root for all team members. That fosters teamwork.
6. Model good sportsmanship at all times during practices and competition.
7. Don’t bribe your child or offer incentives for good performance. Instead, orient him or her to the enjoyment of participating and his or her responsibility to the team.
8. Encourage direct communication. If your child is having difficulties in practice or games or can’t make a practice, encourage him or her to speak directly to the coaches.
9. Understand and display appropriate game behaviors (e.g., watch; make positive remarks; don’t berate players, officials or coaches). Remember, your child’s self esteem and game performance are at stake. Be supportive.
10. Monitor your child’s stress level at home. Ask questions to ascertain whether your child is having trouble balancing various activities in his or her life. Ask whether she or he is enjoying the sport experience. Help your child handle any stress effectively.
11. Monitor eating and sleeping habits. Ensure that your child is eating the proper foods and getting adequate rest.
12. Help your child keep his or her priorities straight, maintaining a balance among schoolwork, family responsibilities, chores, free time and organized-sport participation.
13. Keep sport in its proper perspective: Sport should be fun for you and your child. Highly skilled children and their parents must be especially careful to maintain a balanced view.
14. If your child’s performance produces strong emotions in you, maintain a calm demeanor. Your relationship with your child remains long after competitive sport days are over. Keep your goals and needs separate from your child’s experience.
15. Reality test: If your child’s team loses but has played its best, help your child see that as a “win.” Remind him or her to focus on “process” and not only “results.” Children should derive fun and satisfaction from “striving to win,” and playing well and hard.
16. Let other family members and friends who might attend your child’s games know what constitutes appropriate and supportive behavior.
17. Acknowledge, learn, and follow this Code of Conduct
18. Have fun!

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