Sportsmanship

  • Parents are expected to:

    • Be positive role models at athletic contests.  Your son or daughter will be very aware of your behavior.
    • Be supportive of the coach.  The team is the coach’s responsibility, not the parents.
    • Not coach from the sidelines.
    • Communicate with the coach and create a positive supportive working relationship.
    • Realize that as the coach he/she is an educator and therefore understands the sport he/she is coaching and the proper behavior for that sport.
    • Remember the primary value of athletic participation is to provide our youth with an opportunity for self-development, physically, emotionally, and mentally.
    • Respect the judgment of the officials and refrain from openly criticizing each and every call the official makes.
    • Be aware that if a parent conference is desired with the coach that it is highly inappropriate to speak with the coach regarding this at the conclusion of an athletic event.  Wait until the next day and call for an appointment with the coach.
    • Understand and respect the different roles of parents, coaches, and officials.  Parents should parent, coaches should coach, and officials should officiate and each should be treated with respect for what they do.