Children’s sports are supposed to be fun – for the children. Unfortunately, many parents, fans and coaches don’t realize that their actions, whether verbal or nonverbal, can have a lasting emotional effect on children. Too many children are leaving sports activities because the fun is unfairly taken away by adults. Parents, fans and coaches who follow this simple code can help reinforce what sports are all about... BEING FUN FOR EVERYONE.
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. The highest potential of sports is achieved when competition reflects these “six pillars of character.”
I therefore agree:
1. I will not force my child to participate in sports.
2. 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.
3. I will remember that children participate to have fun and that the sport is for youth, not adults.
4. I will inform the coach of any physical disability or ailment that may affect the safety of my child or the safety of others.
5. I will learn the rules of the game and the policies of the league (Suburban Aquatic League or US Swimming).
6. 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 meet, practice or other sporting event.
7. 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.
8. I will not encourage any behaviors or practices that would endanger the health and well being of the athletes.
9. I will teach my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.
10. I will demand that my child treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability.
11. 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.
12. I will praise my child for competing fairly and trying hard, and make my child feel like a winner every time.
13. I will never ridicule or yell at my child or other participant for making a mistake or losing a competition.
14. I will emphasize skill development and practices and how they benefit my child over winning
15. I will promote the emotional and physical well-being of the athletes ahead of any personal desire I may have for my child to win.
16. I will respect the officials, coaches and board members and their authority during meets and practices and will never question, discuss, or confront coaches/board members at the pool and will take time to speak with coaches/board members at an agreed upon time and place. I will not bad mouth or criticze swimmers, coaches, board members to others at any PWAC meets, practices or functions. I will not act in an unbecoming manner toward Pwac.
17. 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.
I also agree that if I fail to abide by the aforementioned rules and guidelines, I will be subject to disciplinary action that could include, but is not limited to the following:
Verbal warning by official, head coach, and/or board member of PWAC.
Parental game suspension with written documentation of incident kept on file by PWAC
Parental season suspension
Parental/family removal from PWAC